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Medical Dictionary


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

Medical 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.


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