masochist

noun
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 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 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 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 The Barkley Marathons is a race only a masochist could love. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Imagining 17,000 temporary seats on open end of Hayward 2.0: Oregon track & field rundown," 30 Apr. 2018 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 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

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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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“Masochist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masochist. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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masochist

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

Medical Definition of masochist

: an individual who is given to masochism

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