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 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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Recent Examples on the Web Or like a joyfully masochistic nurse about to administer a gruesome shot. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "This ‘Imagine’ Cover Is No Heaven," 20 Mar. 2020 After Marianne embarks on a destructive, masochistic relationship while studying abroad in Sweden, Connell emails her. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "How TV Romance Got Radical," 30 Apr. 2020 In some cases the children were as young as toddlers and some of the files depicted sadistic or masochistic abuse, authorities said. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Collin County man who had 15 hard drives of child porn gets 35 years in prison," 7 Feb. 2020 His fellow employee, Audrey (Blanchard), is a masochistic sweetheart who is dating a sadistic dentist. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Review: Jonathan Groff Feeds the Beast," 17 Oct. 2019 But right now, Facebook is like some weird barman who is slightly masochistic and enjoys the bar fight. Billy Perrigo, Time, "'The Capabilities Are Still There.' Why Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie Is Still Worried," 8 Oct. 2019 Phoenix’s performance is grandly masochistic and grindingly repellent. Tom Gliatto,, "Joker Review: Joaquin Phoenix Isn't Clowning Around as the Terrifying Batman Villain," 2 Oct. 2019 Eventually, caving seemed more masochistic than rock climbing. Ben Santer, Scientific American, "Rock Climbing, Climate Science and Leadership," 16 Sep. 2019 Rick is soft and masochistic, prone to fits of tears. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Quentin Tarantino’s #MeToo Moment?," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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18 May 2020

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“Masochistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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