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onanism

[ oh-nuh-niz-uhm ]

noun

  1. withdrawal of the penis in sexual intercourse so that ejaculation takes place outside the vagina; coitus interruptus.
  2. the gratification or satisfaction of one's own needs or desires:

    Choosing to endlessly split hairs about abstractions is little better than intellectual onanism.



onanism

/ ˈəʊnəˌnɪzəm /

noun



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Derived Forms

  • ˌonanˈistic, adjective
  • ˈonanist, nounadjective
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Other Words From

  • o·nan·ist noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of onanism1

First recorded in 1720–30; after Onan, son of Judah (Genesis 38:9); -ism
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Word History and Origins

Origin of onanism1

C18: after Onan, son of Judah; see Genesis 38:9
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Example Sentences

Many patients put their hands to their sexual organs and make motions tending to onanism.

General recommendations: Local baths, and rigorous cleanliness to avoid any stimulus to onanism.

All these phenomena lead to onanism or masturbation, of which we shall speak later on.

Onanism, which is different, is decidedly injurious to both the man and the woman.

Exquisite symbolic representations of onanism are sliding and coasting as well as tearing off a branch.

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