Pleasure from one's own pain. Masochism is considered a sexual disorder, or paraphilia. Named after the 19th-century Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (masoch-ism).
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1. Passive algolagnia; a form of perversion, often sexual in nature, in which a person experiences pleasure in being abused, humiliated, or maltreated. Cf.:sadism. 2. A general orientation in life that personal suffering relieves guilt and leads to a reward. [Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian novelist, 1836–1895]

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mas·och·ism 'mas-ə-.kiz-əm, 'maz- n a sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation esp. by a love object compare ALGOLAGNIA, SADISM
mas·och·is·tic .mas-ə-'kis-tik, .maz- adj
mas·och·is·ti·cal·ly .mas-ə-'kis-ti-k(ə-)lē, .maz- adv
Sa·cher-Ma·soch 'zäk-ər-'mäz-ȯk Leopold von (1836-1895)
Austrian novelist. Sacher-Masoch is most famous for his erotic novels. In these novels the characters dwell at length on sexual pleasure derived from pain. The subject matter reflects Sacher-Masoch's personal life. He had two wives and several mistresses with whom he acted out the sexual fantasies described in his fictional works. By 1893 masochism was an established medical term.

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sexual pleasure derived from the experience of pain. The word is sometimes used loosely for all forms of behaviour that lead to pain or humiliation. See sexual deviation.
masochist n.
masochistic adj.

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maso·chism (masґo-kiz-əm) [Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, an Austrian novelist, 1836–1895] the act or instance of gaining pleasure from experiencing physical or psychological pain; the term is usually used to denote sexual m. masochist n masochistic adj

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