Definition of masochism
masochistplay \-kist\ noun
masochisticplay \ˌma-sə-ˈkis-tik, ˌma-zə- also ˌmā-\ adjective
masochisticallyplay \-ˈkis-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of masochism from the Web
The acronym BDSM stands for bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism.
While domestic economy travel increasingly becomes an exercise in masochism, some international carriers have been piling on the pampering in first class.
For any of them to have come out and backed Trump’s credibility against Comey’s credibility would have taken an act of masochism, or sheer foolishness.
Indeed, female masochism is a gift that keeps giving in Dederer’s hands.
Yet the future of economics may depend upon a brutally honest consideration of masochism’s role in pathologies deforming the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services.
Her pieces combined masochism and spirituality, often to intense effect.
Kink.com is a B.D.S.M. (bondage, domination, submission, and masochism) Web site based in a landmarked armory in San Francisco’s Mission District.
The College also attempting to rebrand through ditching the doom-and-gloom masochism tone of prior decades and attempting to court a reputation of Fun, Exciting Academic Rigor.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of masochism
International Scientific Vocabulary, from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch †1895 German novelist
First Known Use: 1892See Words from the same year
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
Medical Definition of masochism
Biographical Note for masochism
Sacher–Masoch \ˈzäḵ-ər-ˈmäz-ȯḵ\play ,
Leopold von (1836–1895), Austrian novelist. Sacher-Masoch is most famous for his erotic novels. In these novels the characters dwell at length on sexual pleasure derived from pain. The subject matter reflects Sacher-Masoch's personal life. He had two wives and several mistresses with whom he acted out the sexual fantasies described in his fictional works. By 1893 masochism was an established medical term.
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