self-grat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌself-ˌgra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-gratification (audio)
: the act of pleasing oneself or of satisfying one's desires
especially : the satisfying of one's own sexual urges

Examples of self-gratification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The acts in general thought about a little more than self-gratification and social media affirmation. Spin Staff, Spin, 5 Sep. 2023 The vote Wednesday was a monumental exercise in political self-gratification. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2023 Witnessing the birth of communal merriment is a singular pleasure, especially considering how many groups are over a century deep into their self-gratification. al, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-gratification was in 1663

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Cite this Entry

“Self-gratification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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