- 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.
Origin of masochism
Related Words for masochismflagellation
Examples from the Web for masochism
Contemporary Examples of masochism
Some might lack the fortitude—or masochism—required to endure a grueling campaign (Rubio).What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight
November 6, 2014
(Haaretz) Bennett says anti-leftist-NGO bill doesn't go far enough - 'This masochism has to stop,' says Habayit Hayehudi leader.Bedouin Relocation Plan Still On Track?
December 17, 2013
Historical Examples of masochism
Masochism (association of sexual desire with submission to cruelty and violence).The Sexual Question
Comparing this ideal to real legal practice is an exercise in masochism.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Moll considers that in some cases mixoscopy is related to masochism.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)
I suspect that under many of our professed principles there lurk elements of unconscious sadism and masochism.The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
Perhaps the phenomenon is allied to masochism, since anxiety is to a certain extent painful.The Sexual Life of the Child
- psychiatry an abnormal condition in which pleasure, esp sexual pleasure, is derived from pain or from humiliation, domination, etc, by another person
- psychoanal the directing towards oneself of any destructive tendencies
- a tendency to take pleasure from one's own sufferingCompare sadism
Word Origin for masochism
"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").
- 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.)