mas·​och·​ist | \ ˈma-sə-kist How to pronounce masochist (audio) , ˈma-zə- also ˈmā- \
plural masochists

Definition of masochist

1 : a person who derives sexual gratification from being subjected to physical pain or humiliation : an individual given to masochism But Ksenia is a masochist who cannot experience sexual pleasure without first experiencing extreme pain.— Christopher Rice
2 : a person who takes pleasure in pain and suffering … a select group of cops, bikers, bodybuilders and other masochists who thrive on the deprivation that exercising in unfiltered 110 degree heat produces.— Allison Glock Some mathematical masochist has calculated that the brain was adding 150 million brain cells every hundred thousand years, the sort of useless statistic beloved of a tourist guide.— Matt Ridley

Examples of masochist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within any sadomasochistic relationship, the masochist has a say in what’s being done to them. Yasmin Lajoie,, "“Kink Helped My Mental Health”. The Healing Benefits Of BDSM," 1 Dec. 2020 Depression is a white supremacist, a malignant narcissist, a rape apologist, a gaslighter, Iago, a sadist, a masochist, a hot Lego underfoot, a mind made hell. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 10 Aug. 2020 That impression of sweatlessness is the masochist’s ideal—and writing, many writers will tell you, is masochism, a torture and a torment, an exercise in mental brick-breaking that justifies itself in pursuit of the apt and elegant line. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Kate Zambreno’s Present Tense," 5 Aug. 2020 Agent provocateurs place themselves in the center of it all as distractions and are typically masochists and anarchists who are just out wreaking havoc for the thrill or attempting to infiltrate a movement. Yesha Callahan, Essence, "When Raging Against The Machine Beware Of The White Agent Provocateur," 30 May 2020 In the very wild story, Not-Adrian is depicted as being a masochist that loves being dominated by Not-Diane, whose whiteness has ruined the traditionally black firm. Chancellor Agard,, "The Good Fight recap: The gang goes wild after being satirized by a play," 7 May 2020 Quarantine is nothing if not a place for masochists to thrive., "Quarantine Book Club: I'm descending into a Hillary Clinton-themed fantasy world," 10 Apr. 2020 This is as if the masochists running the bar exam or the National Spelling Bee had invaded the national pastime. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Many try, but few finish, the world’s toughest baseball quiz," 17 Sep. 2019 For political commentary masochists, MSNBC will kick off a pregame at 7pm ET each night; everyone else starts at 9pm ET with the debate itself. Caitlin Kelly, WIRED, "How to Watch the First 2020 Democratic Primary Debate," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of masochist

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for masochist

borrowed from German Masochist, from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch †1895 Austrian fiction writer and journalist + -ist -ist entry 1, after Masochismus masochism

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The first known use of masochist was in 1892

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19 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Masochist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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mas·​och·​ist | \ -kəst How to pronounce masochist (audio) \

Medical Definition of masochist

: an individual who is given to masochism

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