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masochism

 [mas´o-kizm]
the act or instance of gaining pleasure experiencing physical or psychological pain. The term is usually used to denote sexual m. adj., adj masochis´tic.
sexual masochism a paraphilia in which sexual gratification is derived from being hurt, humiliated, or otherwise made to suffer physically or psychologically.

mas·och·ism

(mas'ō-kizm, maz'ō-),
1. Passive algolagnia; a form of perversion, often sexual in nature, in which a person experiences pleasure in being abused, humiliated, or maltreated. Compare: sadism.
2. A general orientation in life that personal suffering relieves guilt and leads to a reward.
[Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austro-Hungarian novelist, 1836-1895]

masochism

/maso·chism/ (mas´ah-kizm) the act or instance of gaining pleasure from physical or psychological pain; usually used to denote sexual masochism. masochis´tic
sexual masochism  a paraphilia in which sexual gratification is derived from being hurt, humiliated, or otherwise made to suffer physically or psychologically.

masochism

(măs′ə-kĭz′əm)
n.
1. The deriving of sexual gratification from fantasies or acts that involve being made to suffer physical or mental pain. Also called sexual masochism.
2. The deriving of pleasure from being humiliated or mistreated, either by another or by oneself.
3. A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences.

mas′och·ist n.
mas′och·is′tic adj.
mas′och·is′ti·cal·ly adv.

masochism

[mas′ōkiz′əm]
Etymology: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian author, 1836-1895
pleasure or gratification derived from receiving physical, mental, or emotional abuse. The maltreatment may be inflicted by another person or by oneself. It may involve a need to experience emotional or physical pain, in reality or fantasy, to become sexually aroused. Also called passive algolagnia. Compare sadism. See also algolagnia, sadomasochism. masochistic, adj.
Psychology Moral masochism A pattern of behaviour in which a person craves abuse and exploitation by others, possibly linked to unresolved childhood conflicts and a low self-esteem
Sexology Pleasure derived from physical or psychological pain inflicted on one’s self either by one’s self or by others. It is termed sexual masochism and classified as a paraphilia when it is consciously sought as a central part of one’s sexuoerotic scripts, acts or fantasies, or as a prerequisite to sexual arousal or gratification. In sexual masochism, the masochist is the recipient of abuse, torture, punishment, discipline, humiliation, and servitude; it is the opposite of sadism; both may coexist in the same person

masochism

Psychiatry A paraphilia/sexual deviancy in which there is a need–or preference for humiliation, physical abuse, or other form of suffering in order to achieve sexual arousal or orgasm. Cf Paraphilia, Sadism Psychology Moral masochism A pattern of behavior in which a person tolerates abuse and exploitation by others, possibly linked to unresolved childhood conflicts and a low self-esteem. See Self-esteem.

mas·och·ism

(mas'ŏ-kizm)
1. Passive algolagnia; a form of perversion, often sexual in nature, in which a person experiences pleasure in being abused, humiliated, or maltreated.
Compare: sadism
2. A general orientation in life that personal suffering relieves guilt and leads to a reward.
[Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austro-Hungarian novelist, 1836-1895]

masochism

The achievement of sexual arousal or gratification by the experience of physical or mental pain or humiliation. Masochism is said to derive from a partly repressed sense of guilt which inhibits orgasm but which can be assuaged by punishment so that orgasm becomes possible. (Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, 1835–95, Austrian pornographic novelist).

Masochism

Sexual arousal by having pain and/or humiliation inflicted upon oneself.
Mentioned in: Sexual Perversions

Sacher-Masoch,

Leopold von, Austrian attorney and writer, 1836-1895.
masochism - a form of perversion in which a person experiences pleasure in being abused, humiliated, or mistreated.
masochist - the passive party in the practice of masochism.
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