Definitions for masochismˈmæs əˌkɪz əm, ˈmæz-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mas•och•ismˈmæs əˌkɪz əm, ˈmæz-(n.)

  1. gratification, esp. of a sexual nature, derived from pain, degradation, etc., inflicted by another on oneself.

    Category: Psychiatry

  2. the tendency to find pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, etc.

    Category: Psychiatry

  3. the act of turning one's destructive tendencies inward or upon oneself.

    Category: Psychiatry

Origin of masochism:

1890–95; after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836–95), Austrian novelist, who described it; see -ism


Princeton's WordNet

  1. masochism(noun)

    sexual pleasure obtained from receiving punishment (physical or psychological)


  1. masochism(Noun)

    the enjoyment of receiving pain

  2. Origin: Named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whose novel "Venus in Furs" explores a sadomasochistic relationship.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Masochism

    Pleasure derived from being physically or psychologically abused, whether inflicted by oneself or by others. Masochism includes sexual masochism.


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