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

Examples of masochistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For his opponents, there was a rubbernecking quality to the exercise, a kind of masochistic need to read the tweets in order to feel the outrage., "100 days without Trump on Twitter: a nation scrolls more calmly," 17 Apr. 2021 The question remains whether suffering with Mare by proxy is noble or masochistic. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘Mare of Easttown’: Kate Winslet Takes a Bite Out of Crime," 13 Apr. 2021 Raped and forced into prostitution at a young age, Holiday turned to drugs as a way to kill the pain and developed an almost masochistic talent for coupling with men who would torment her. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Andra Day burns hot and cool as jazz great in ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’," 25 Feb. 2021 Kelce will have to be masochistic to find flaws with his performance Sunday night. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Patrick Mahomes' top targets -- Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce -- beleaguer Bills and put Chiefs in Super Bowl 55," 25 Jan. 2021 Grad school actually seems like the move for someone with a fat stack of cash and a masochistic love of work. Olivia Crandall, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Recap: Mean Girl Games," 13 Jan. 2021 But trips to remote ski lodges can quickly go from romantic to masochistic — just ask anyone who’s had to snowboard with wet gloves or drive mountain roads during a blizzard. Los Angeles Times, "Dreaming of a white Christmas? Hang out with reindeer virtually, minus the cold," 24 Dec. 2020 The singer-songwriter joyfully embraces the angst of heartbreak, dancing it out over masochistic lyrics and a manic synth-pop instrumental. Ineye Komonibo,, "New Music To Know: F*ck Buddies, 3-Part Harmonies & The Good Kind Of Pain," 14 Dec. 2020 Some call it masochistic, others may call it brave. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "Build Mental Endurance Like a Pro," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of masochistic

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for masochistic

masochist + -ic entry 1, after German masochistisch

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The first known use of masochistic was in 1892

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25 Apr 2021

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“Masochistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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