- Psychiatry. having a condition in which sexual gratification depends on suffering, physical pain, and humiliation.
- gratified by pain, degradation, deprivation, etc., inflicted on oneself either by one's own actions or the actions of others.
- tending to be self-destructive.
- tending to find pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, degradation, etc.
Origin of masochistic
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Examples from the Web for masochistic
But there was a lot more to Turner than a masochistic mission to understand the elements.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
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Total isolation, it seems, is the masochistic goal from the start.Jason Schwartzman Is the Nicest Jerk You’ll Ever Meet in ‘Listen Up Philip’
October 17, 2014
“Everything that is masochistic in the film is me,” said von Trier (via Skarsgard).Lars von Trier Breaks His Vow of Silence to Discuss ‘Nymphomaniac’ in Venice
September 1, 2014
He talks to Caitlin Dickson about his masochistic mission, his days as a C- student and what he thinks makes a good education.Davis Guggenheim Wants to Know, ‘What is a Teacher?’
September 5, 2013
And this masochistic sex act, delivered by none other than the princess from Enchanted, is just the tip of the … iceberg.The Year of Kinky Movie Sex: ‘The Master,’ ‘The Paperboy,’ ‘On the Road,’ & More
October 1, 2012
It also plays at times the same part as masochistic nightmares, filling as it does, the body with glycogen and a sense of power.Psychoanalysis
Flagellation, more especially in its masochistic form, is sometimes associated with true inversion.
The masochistic tendency of women, or their desire for subjection to the man they love.
It would even appear that these people are masochistic, making themselves even more unloved by their gross gastronomical habits.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
He seemed to have reached a point at which he was actually getting a masochistic pleasure out of turning the dagger in his wounds.Null-ABC
Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
Word Origin and History for masochistic
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