mas·​tur·​ba·​to·​ry | \ ˈma-stər-bə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce masturbatory (audio) \

Definition of masturbatory

1 : of, relating to, or involving masturbation masturbatory fantasies
2 : excessively self-absorbed or self-indulgent write tedious, masturbatory books … about themselves for people to read … with envy— D. R. Katz

Examples of masturbatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both Ramy’s rejection of bin Laden and his masturbatory triumph ultimately matter only to himself, not to the classmates whose minds about him are already made up. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 Just wait for the next fascist to take office and continue this masturbatory rage ouroboros. Megh Wright, Vulture, 19 Jan. 2021 However, charity golf tournaments tend to be a woefully inefficient and exceptionally masturbatory way of trying to raise funds. Gary Gramling,, 21 Oct. 2017 Alfredo Castro plays a 50-year-old in Caracas who pays young men for their company (and masturbatory inspiration). Anita Gates, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of masturbatory

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of masturbatory was in 1864

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“Masturbatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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mas·​tur·​ba·​to·​ry | \ ˈmas-tər-bə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce masturbatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of masturbatory

: of, relating to, or associated with masturbation masturbatory fantasies

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