- The definition of masochism is getting sexual or emotional pleasure from being mistreated or mentally or physically abused.
- An example of masochism is a person who likes being hurt during sex.
- An example of masochism is a person who seeks out physically abusive relationships.
- An example of masochism is a person who takes on a very unpleasant task.
masochism definition by Webster's New World
- the getting of sexual pleasure from being dominated, mistreated, or hurt physically or otherwise by one's partner
- the getting of pleasure from suffering physical or psychological pain, inflicted by others or by oneself
Origin: after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1835-95), Austrian writer in whose stories it is described
masochism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The deriving of sexual gratification, or the tendency to derive sexual gratification, from being physically or emotionally abused.
- The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from being humiliated or mistreated, either by another or by oneself.
- A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences.
Origin: After Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895), Austrian novelist.
- masˈoch·ist noun
- masˌoch·isˈtic adjective
- masˌoch·isˈti·cal·ly adverb
masochism - Cultural Definition
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.)
masochism - Medical Definition
- 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.
- masochist noun
- masochistic adjective