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masochist

[mas-uh-kist]
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noun
  1. Psychiatry. a person who has masochism, the condition in which sexual or other gratification depends on one's suffering physical pain or humiliation.
  2. a person who is gratified by pain, degradation, etc., that is self-imposed or imposed by others.
  3. a person who finds pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, etc.

Origin of masochist

First recorded in 1890–1900;masoch(ism) + -ist
Related formsmas·och·is·tic, adjective
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  • Rousseau, in his "Confessions," reveals the sexual feelings of the masochist.


Word Origin and History for masochist

n.

1895, from masochism + -ist.

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