Definition of masochism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmæsəkɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæsəkɪzəm//
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  1. 1the practice of getting sexual pleasure from being physically hurt compare sadism
  2. 2(informal) the enjoyment of something that most people would find unpleasant or painful You spent the whole weekend in a tent in the rain? That's masochism!
  3. Word Originlate 19th cent.: named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1835–95), the Austrian novelist who described it + -ism.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: masochism