Psychiatry. a person who has masochism, the condition in which sexual or other gratification depends on one's suffering physical pain or humiliation.
a person who is gratified by pain, degradation, etc., that is self-imposed or imposed by others.
a person who finds pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, etc.
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- mas·och·is·tic, adjective
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How to use masochist in a sentence
No, they’re not masochists—it’s because witnessing even the most nonsensical takes within any debate is interesting and can provide fresh points of view you hadn’t even considered.
“Y’all are into kink hiking—masochists,” the songwriter Laura Veirs recently quipped when I sent her a picture of Tina wading in the swamps of Big Cypress.What Did I Learn from the Swampy Muck of the Florida Trail? That I’m a Kink Hiker. | Patty Hodapp | February 27, 2022 | Outside Online
There are masochists who are strictly pain-seeking for the sensation of it, but, in my experience, there are so, so many more who use pain as a tool to feel something else.What would possess someone to eat a Carolina Reaper pepper? This writer tried to find out. | Leigh Cowart | September 20, 2021 | Popular-Science
I am feeling like a masochist, hanging out with him wishing for more, although I really enjoy our time together.Carolyn Hax: If you give up on the friend zone, is that winning, or quitting? | Carolyn Hax | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Been dying to see that powerful sexual masochist woo and whip that mousy college student?The ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer Is Pretty Ridiculous, Right? | Kevin Fallon | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You either have to be a masochist or have an acute Messiah complex.Obama Really Seems to Be Looking Forward to the End of His Presidency | Dean Obeidallah | December 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Corporal punishment with a beneficial object does not satisfy the true masochist.The Sexual Question | August Forel
Rousseau, in his "Confessions," reveals the sexual feelings of the masochist.The Sexual Question | August Forel