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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: mas'o-kizm, maz'o-


  1. Passive algolagnia; a form of perversion, often sexual in nature, in which a person experiences pleasure in being abused, humiliated, or maltreated.
  2. A general orientation in life that personal suffering relieves guilt and leads to a reward.

[Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austro-Hungarian novelist, 1836–1895]

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