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onanism

[ oh-nuh-niz-uhm ]
/ ˈoʊ nəˌnɪz əm /
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noun
withdrawal of the penis in sexual intercourse so that ejaculation takes place outside the vagina; coitus interruptus.
the gratification or satisfaction of one's own needs or desires: Choosing to endlessly split hairs about abstractions is little better than intellectual onanism.
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Origin of onanism

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

OTHER WORDS FROM onanism

o·nan·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for onanism

onanism
/ (ˈəʊnəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

Derived forms of onanism

onanist, noun, adjectiveonanistic, adjective

Word Origin for onanism

C18: after Onan, son of Judah; see Genesis 38:9
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Medical definitions for onanism

onanism
[ ōnə-nĭz′əm ]

n.
coitus interruptus
Masturbation.
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