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

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Recently our enemies were communists and liberals, now Americans are provoking masochists against us. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Tired of Their Veils, Some Iranian Women Stage Rare Protests," 29 Jan. 2018 And the fans love it; call them musical masochists. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Squeaky-Clean Pop Star Is Over—Thank Billie Eilish," 24 Apr. 2019 There may be a few sadists floating around Albany, but Mr. Bharara’s appointment would require a full caucus of masochists. New York Times, "Attorney General Wanted. Avenging Angels Need Not Apply.," 8 May 2018 Paris was producing existentialist literature, but London had Bacon, the artist of existentialist life, a reckless gambler and homosexual masochist. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Modernists & Mavericks’ Review: Art That Felt Like Reality," 15 June 2018 Frank's Solange is a tortured soul playing the masochist to Claire's sadistic games. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Intense production makes rare staging of Genet's 'The Maids' a standout," 1 June 2018 The Barkley Marathons is a race only a masochist could love. Ken Goe,, "Imagining 17,000 temporary seats on open end of Hayward 2.0: Oregon track & field rundown," 30 Apr. 2018 The Jazz are for masochists only: Their offense is bound to suffer through really, really rough stretches while their formidable, long defense should consistently strangle the opposition. Ben Golliver,, "2017-18 NBA Preview: Projecting the East and West Standings," 13 Oct. 2017 Natasha Lee is the genius (masochist?) behind these disgusting pimple nails. Lauren Adhav, Cosmopolitan, "I Refuse to Accept That Pimple Popping Nails Are a Thing, But Here We Are," 31 Oct. 2017

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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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Medical Definition of masochist

: an individual who is given to masochism

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