from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The deriving of sexual gratification, or the tendency to derive sexual gratification, from being physically or emotionally abused.
- n. The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from being humiliated or mistreated, either by another or by oneself.
- n. A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences.
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- n. the enjoyment of receiving pain
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of sexual perversion in which the victim craves, and takes pleasure in, physical abuse from one of the other sex: the opposite of sadism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. sexual pleasure obtained from receiving punishment (physical or psychological)
After Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895), Austrian novelist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whose novel "Venus in Furs" explores a sadomasochistic relationship. (Wiktionary)