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An alteration of masturbation, apparently to resemble or provide overtones of Latin manus (hand) + stupro (defile).


  • IPA(key): /mastuːˈpɹeɪʃ(ə)n/


mastupration (countable and uncountable, plural mastuprations)

  1. (now rare) Masturbation.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , I.iii.2.4:
      it troubles me to think of, much more to relate, those frequent aborts and murdering of infants in their nunneries […], those rapes, incests, adulteries, mastuprations, sodomies, buggeries of monks and friars.
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      She had caught him at the age of twelve in the act of mastupration. Unseemly, unroman, Greekish, Jewish. Well, in a sense he had done nothing but mastuprate since taking the purple.

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