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Dictionary.reference.com defines onanism as coitus interruptus or withdrawal of the penis in sexual intercourse so that ejaculation takes place outside the vagina. It is also referred as an act of masturbation. From the preceding two (2) definitions however, significant inconsistencies can easily be noted.
First, the former connotes the presence of man and woman participating in the act while in the latter, the act can be done alone. Second, the first one is gender sensitive while the second definition is not.
Third, there is an element of physical sexual intercourse in the first unlike in the second. Fourth, there is an element of insertion and withdrawal in the first which are not present in the second.
Above are just the examples of the differences and these definitions are also cited in www.thefreedictionary.com.Their inconsistencies may not be fatal, if either one of them is descriptive , but as maybe noted, both of them are not clearly reflective of the origin of the word. To forewarn, onanism has no relation to Secretary Enrique Ona, the (more…)