Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Another name for sexual masochism. The term is also used loosely to denote extreme self-damaging behaviour not accompanied by sexual gratification. masochistic adj. [Named after the Austrian historian and novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836–95) who wrote about it, notably in his novel Venus in Pelz (1870), translated into English as Venus in Furs (1902), in which the heroine Wanda subjects the narrator to sexually stimulating suffering]

Subjects: Psychology.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.