|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]|
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.)