onanism

noun
onan·​ism | \ ˈō-nə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce onanism (audio) \

Definition of onanism

3 : self-gratification the kind of intellectual onanism to which he was dedicated— Esther P. Shiverick

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onanistic \ ˌō-​nə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce onanistic (audio) \ adjective

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One White House foe famously described Bannon's behavior in office as nothing but a particularly impossible form of onanism. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "In Europe, Steve Bannon can still play the hero," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of onanism

1718, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for onanism

probably from New Latin onanismus, from Onan, son of Judah (Genesis 38:9)

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onanism

noun
onan·​ism | \ ˈō-nə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce onanism (audio) \

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onanistic \ ˌō-​nə-​ˈnis-​tik How to pronounce onanistic (audio) \ adjective

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