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

Other Words from masochistic

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

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Recent Examples on the Web To completely and utterly violate a woman’s personal images and information for the masochistic entertainment of belligerent men. Andy Meek, BGR, 28 July 2022 What’s giving rise to this seemingly masochistic work trend? Tessa West, Fortune, 21 June 2022 Bint Aamir was no masochist, but there’s a masochistic element to Zuhour’s ruminations. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 Such masochistic, piercing lines are absent from Hulu’s adaptation. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 19 May 2022 The government contends there should be sentencing enhancements because many of the images Duggar downloaded involved sadistic or masochistic conduct involving children. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 13 May 2022 But Hall isn’t just creating his own masochistic fitness challenges. Men's Health, 28 Apr. 2022 Yet the more masochistic elements of the series have been blunted. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 24 Feb. 2022 The sequence derives much of its masochistic poetry from Willis’s beguiling, paradoxical portrayal of strength as indivisible from fragility. Adam Nayman, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Masochistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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