autoerotic asphyxiation

noun

: a state of asphyxia intentionally induced (as by smothering or strangling oneself) so as to heighten sexual arousal during masturbation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This time, instead of by Russian roulette, it was ruled accident by autoerotic asphyxiation. CBS News, 7 May 2022 That this is leading to a punchline about autoerotic asphyxiation does not obviate its profundity. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 The report also raises the possibility that Castro died due to autoerotic asphyxiation rather than suicide. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 2 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of autoerotic asphyxiation was in 1973

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“Autoerotic asphyxiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autoerotic%20asphyxiation. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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