masochistic

adjective mas·och·is·tic \ ˌma-sə-ˈki-stik , ˌma-zə- also ˌmā- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of masochistic

1 : of or relating to masochism : deriving sexual gratification from being subjected to physical pain or humiliation
  • … suggests that children whose parents spanked, slapped, hit or threw objects at them may have a greater chance of physically or verbally coercing a sexual partner, engaging in risky sexual behavior or engaging in masochistic sex, including sexual arousal by spanking.
  • —Sharon Jayson
2 : gaining pleasure from pain and suffering
  • … a physically daring scene that might give even the most masochistic stuntperson pause.
  • —Steve Daly
  • It may seem masochistic to devote one's life to the pursuit of a vanishing asset.
  • —Robert O. Paxton

masochistically

play \ˌma-sə-ˈki-sti-k(ə-)lē, ˌma-zə- also ˌmā-\ adverb
    • … certain maddening folks who go through life masochistically seeking to be disillusioned and disappointed.
    • —Daniel Seligman

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First Known Use of masochistic

1892


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