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masochism

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noun mas·och·ism \ˈma-sə-ˌki-zəm, ˈma-zə- also ˈmā-\

Simple Definition of masochism

  • : enjoyment of pain : pleasure that someone gets from being abused or hurt; especially : sexual enjoyment from being hurt or punished

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of masochism

  1. 1 :  a sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation especially by a love object — compare sadism

  2. 2 :  pleasure in being abused or dominated :  a taste for suffering

masochist play \-kist\ noun
masochistic play \ˌma-sə-ˈkis-tik, ˌma-zə- also ˌmā-\ adjective
masochistically play \-ˈkis-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of masochism

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch †1895 German novelist


First Known Use: 1892

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Medical Dictionary

masochism

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noun mas·och·ism \ˈmas-ə-ˌkiz-əm, ˈmaz-\

Medical Definition of masochism

  1. :  a sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation especially by a love object—compare algolagnia, sadism

masochistic \ˌmas-ə-ˈkis-tik, ˌmaz-\play play adjective
masochistically \ˌmas-ə-ˈkis-ti-k(ə-)lē, ˌmaz-\play play adverb


Biographical Note for masochism

Sacher–Masoch \ˈzäḵ-ər-ˈmäz-ȯḵ\play , Leopold von (1836–1895), Austrian novelist. Sacher-Masoch is most famous for his erotic novels. In these novels the characters dwell at length on sexual pleasure derived from pain. The subject matter reflects Sacher-Masoch's personal life. He had two wives and several mistresses with whom he acted out the sexual fantasies described in his fictional works. By 1893 masochism was an established medical term.


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