masochistic

adjective
mas·​och·​is·​tic | \ ˌma-sə-ˈki-stik How to pronounce masochistic (audio) , ˌma-zə- also ˌmā-\

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

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Other Words from masochistic

masochistically \ ˌma-​sə-​ˈki-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce masochistically (audio) , 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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This masochistic form of self-improvement challenges you to be rejected every day by another human. Marianne Power, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Was Rejected Every Day for a Month," 30 Jan. 2019 The Razzie Awards have gotten more popular over the years, and for some film buffs, IMDb's Bottom 100 has become a masochistic bucket list. Bryan Lufkin, Popular Mechanics, "Can Mystery Science Theater 3000 Thrive in an Age of Snark?," 14 Apr. 2017 In addition to tailing him on the trail, Karl Meltzer: Made to Be Broken gets into AT culture and the masochistic drive that pushes speed hikers. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The Newest Adventure Movies You Can Watch Right Now," 12 July 2018 The pursuit of pleasure ends in punishment, an outcome that satisfies both our judgmental and our masochistic urges. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 2018 For most Barkley runners, the race distance is far from the primary concern, but the extreme elevation gain, the navigational challenges, and the unpredictable conditions all combine to create a uniquely masochistic experience. Molly Mirhashem, Outside Online, "The Women of the Barkley Marathons," 6 Apr. 2018 The summer and preseason conditioning was brutal, never-ending masochistic workouts designed by first-year strength and conditioning coach Greg Goldin. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "LSU to face a familiar opponent in the SEC Tournament, avoids playing on first day," 3 Mar. 2018 Torturing your tastebuds is a very uniquely masochistic experience. Ben Boskovich, Esquire, "Herr's 'Red Hot' Chips Are the Companion Your Desk Sandwich Deserves," 28 Feb. 2018 And what fine breed of masochistic producer goes through the Byzantine tumult and fearsome expense of mounting a play for exactly one customer per evening? David Weiss, Newsweek, "World’s Most Expensive Theater Ticket Is All About You, Not Springsteen," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of masochistic

1892 , in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of masochistic was in 1892

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