Recent Examples of masochism from the Web
This was an assignment for a lawyer driven by a bold mission and a small measure of masochism, not one in pursuit of glamour or safety.
Those who practice bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism (B.D.S.M.) have rules for protecting boundaries, safety and consent.
Listening to your girlfriend cry through the wall is a form of emotional masochism that will not aid in your recovery!
The story brought new attention to the world of kink that’s often known as BDSM — standing for variations of bondage, dominance, submission and masochism.
The term stands for variations of bondage, dominance, submission and masochism.
What makes the movie watchable as more than an exercise in masochism is that Isabelle is also a battler.
Going to a music festival solely for the music is rare enough but going to a music festival completely sober is a certain kind of low-key masochism.
What’s striking about these products is their apparent masochism.
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What is the Difference Between the Words masochism & sadism?
Interestingly, both masochism and sadism are eponymous words. English has thousands of such words, taken from the names of people both real and fictional. Masochism comes from the name of the 19th century German novelist, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. It is unusual in that it began to be used during the lifetime of the man from whom it originated (Sacher-Masoch died in 1895, and masochism had been in printed use since 1892). Sadism comes from the name of the French writer, the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814).
The two words are not only often encountered in connection with one another, they have been combined into a single word, sadomasochism.
MASOCHISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of masochism for English Language Learners
: enjoyment of pain : pleasure that someone gets from being abused or hurt; especially : sexual enjoyment from being hurt or punished
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