[mas-uh-kiz-uhm, maz-]
Psychiatry. the condition in which sexual gratification depends on suffering physical pain or humiliation.
gratification gained from pain, deprivation, degradation, etc., inflicted or imposed on oneself, either as a result of one's own actions or the actions of others, especially the tendency to seek this form of gratification.
the act of turning one's destructive tendencies inward or upon oneself.
the tendency to find pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, etc.

1890–95; named after L. von Sacher-Masoch, who described it; see -ism

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masochism (ˈmæsəˌkɪzəm)
1.  psychiatry an abnormal condition in which pleasure, esp sexual pleasure, is derived from pain or from humiliation, domination, etc, by another person
2.  psychoanal the directing towards oneself of any destructive tendencies
3.  Compare sadism a tendency to take pleasure from one's own suffering
[C19: named after Leopold von Sacher Masoch (1836--95), Austrian novelist, who described it]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

"sexual pleasure in being hurt or abused," 1893, from Ger. Masochismus, coined 1883 by Ger. neurologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902), from name of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-95), Austrian novelist who enshrined his submissive sexuality in "Venus in Furs."
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masochism mas·och·ism (mās'ə-kĭz'əm)

  1. The act or an instance of deriving sexual gratification from being physically or emotionally abused.

  2. A psychological disorder in which sexual gratification is derived from being physically or emotionally abused.

  3. The act or an instance of deriving pleasure from being offended, dominated, or mistreated.

  4. The tendency to seek such mistreatment.

mas'och·ist n.
mas'och·is'tic adj.
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masochism [(mas-uh-kiz-uhm)]

Abnormal behavior characterized by deriving sexual gratification from being subjected to pain. More loosely, masochism refers to deriving any pleasure from experiencing pain. (Compare sadism.)

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