8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary
"sexual pleasure in being hurt or abused," 1892, from German Masochismus, coined 1883 by German neurologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902), from name of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895), Austrian utopian socialist novelist who enshrined his submissive sexuality in "Venus in Furs" (1869, German title "Venus im Pelz").
masochism mas·och·ism (mās'ə-kĭz'əm)
The act or an instance of deriving sexual gratification from being physically or emotionally abused.
A psychological disorder in which sexual gratification is derived from being physically or emotionally abused.
The act or an instance of deriving pleasure from being offended, dominated, or mistreated.
The tendency to seek such mistreatment.
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.)