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[aw-toh-i-rot-uh-siz-uh m]
  1. the arousal and satisfaction of sexual excitement within or by oneself, as by masturbation.
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Also au·to·er·o·tism [aw-toh-er-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˌɔ toʊˈɛr əˌtɪz əm/.

Origin of autoeroticism

First recorded in 1895–1900; auto-1 + eroticism
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Examples from the Web for auto-erotism

Historical Examples

  • I have hitherto, in this chapter, spoken only of the dangers of auto-erotism.

    The Sexual Life of the Child

    Albert Moll

  • Auto-erotism, or masturbation, should never be permitted to become "self-abuse," nor is there any need that it should ever do so.

  • It is this fact that makes mutual masturbation far superior to auto-erotism.

  • I do not purpose to enter into a thorough discussion of all the aspects of auto-erotism.

  • Japanese women have probably carried the mechanical arts of auto-erotism to the highest degree of perfection.

British Dictionary definitions for auto-erotism


autoerotism (ˌɔːtəʊˈɛrəˌtɪzəm)

  1. psychol the arousal and use of one's own body as a sexual object, as through masturbation
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Derived Formsautoerotic, adjective
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