What does masochism mean?

Definitions for masochismˈmæs əˌkɪz əm, ˈmæz-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word masochism.

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of masochism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of masochism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Spiro Agnew:

    A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.

  2. Paul Rozin:

    People come to like a wide variety of innately negative experiences: the burn of chili pepper in the mouth, the bitterness of coffee, the fear from riding on a roller coaster, such benign masochism is widespread in humans, and we really don't know how that process operates.

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