Definitions for masochismˈmæs əˌkɪz əm, ˈmæz-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mas•och•ismˈmæs əˌkɪz əm, ˈmæz-(n.)
gratification, esp. of a sexual nature, derived from pain, degradation, etc., inflicted by another on oneself.
the tendency to find pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, etc.
the act of turning one's destructive tendencies inward or upon oneself.
Origin of masochism:
1890–95; after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836–95), Austrian novelist, who described it; see -ism
sexual pleasure obtained from receiving punishment (physical or psychological)
the enjoyment of receiving pain
Origin: Named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whose novel "Venus in Furs" explores a sadomasochistic relationship.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Pleasure derived from being physically or psychologically abused, whether inflicted by oneself or by others. Masochism includes sexual masochism.