#33. Onanism

(3 syllables | 7 letters)
(scrabble score – 9)
First known use 1727
1. | noun | manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure.

2 | noun | a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation.
(Wolfram Alpha)

Derivative: Onanist, onanistic.

1. masturbation
2. coitus interruptus
Early 18th century: from French onanisme or modern Latin onanismus, from the biblical story of Onan (Gen. 38:8)
(Oxford Dictionaries)

1. masturbation
2. coitus interruptus
3. self-gratification
Origin and Etymology of onanism:
probably from New Latin onanismus, from Onan, son of Judah (Genesis 38:9)

First Known Use: circa 1741.

Onan as Biblical character. In the Book of Genesis Onan was commanded by his father to impregnate the widow of his slain brother and to raise the offspring of the union. In order to avoid raising descendants for his late brother, however, Onan engaged in coitus interruptus.

onanism (n.)
“masturbation,” also “coitus interruptus,” 1727, from Onan, son of Judah (Gen. xxxviii:9), who spilled his seed on the ground rather than impregnate his dead brother’s wife: “And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.” The moral of this verse was redirected by those who sought to suppress masturbation.






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