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masochism


masochism

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

Definition of MASOCHISM

:  a sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation especially by a love object—compare algolagnia, sadism
mas·och·is·tic \ˌmas-ə-ˈkis-tik, ˌmaz-\ adjective
mas·och·is·ti·cal·ly \ˌmas-ə-ˈkis-ti-k(ə-)lē, ˌmaz-\ adverb

Biographical Note for MASOCHISM

Sa·cher–Ma·soch \ˈ-ər-ˈmäz-\ , 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.
February 28, 2015
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