In the Book of Genesis chapter 38, Judah had a son named Onan.

Onan's story of spilling his seed, leads to the term Onanism.

Onanism is an interpretation of Onan's story.

Regardless of whether there is a of connection to this unproven story, the term Onanism means:

  1. masturbation
  2. coitus interruptus
  3. self-gratification

Is the Japanese word Onani, meaning masturbation, derived from this English term, much like other words: Coffee->Kohii Computer->Komputa and so on?

Any time trace to when the word Onani was adopted if so?

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    Should be a dup Why is the term オナニー written in katakana?
    – sundowner
    Commented Apr 22 at 5:40
  • Thank you, I can't read Katakana (Japanese characters?), so maybe I missed the result, which I would have noticed if in Romaji. Commented Apr 22 at 5:45
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    I've updated that earlier post to include the romaji in the title as well, so hopefully future searches will be more fruitful (pun unintended 😄). Commented Apr 22 at 16:50
  • The other post doesn't answer the "time trace to when the word Onani was adopted if so?"
    – dungarian
    Commented Apr 23 at 0:25


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