Meaning of masochism
Pronunciation: (mas'u-kiz"um, maz'-), [key]
- the condition in which sexual gratification depends on suffering, physical pain, and humiliation.
- gratification gained from pain, deprivation, degradation, etc., inflicted or imposed on oneself, either as a result of one's own actions or the actions of others, esp. the tendency to seek this form of gratification.
- the act of turning one's destructive tendencies inward or upon oneself.
- the tendency to find pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, etc.
- masochism (Thesaurus)