onanism

noun

onan·​ism ˈō-nə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce onanism (audio)
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: self-gratification
the kind of intellectual onanism to which he was dedicated Esther P. Shiverick
onanistic adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of onanism was in 1718

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Cite this Entry

“Onanism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onanism. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

onanism

noun

onan·​ism ˈō-nə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce onanism (audio)
onanistic adjective
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