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Definition of "masturbatory" [masturbatory]

  • Of or relating to masturbation. (adjective)
  • Excessively self-indulgent or self-involved: "[The play's] star . . . paces around his cell, smoking and snarling in a masturbatory rant” ( Sam Whiting). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "masturbatory" in a sentence
  • "– Well, I’m a libertarian who thinks the libertarian party is an exercise in masturbatory moralism."
  • "For themselves (and while I would instinctively label it "masturbatory", this mode does imply a somewhat "purer" form of writing, if you subscribe to such notions in this post-post-post modern age);"
  • "A pair of dark-haired sisters who shared an uncanny mental bond played chess at one of the tables, which seemed kind of masturbatory, somehow."
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