[ mas-uh-kist ]

  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.

  1. a person who finds pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, etc.

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Origin of masochist

First recorded in 1890–1900; masoch(ism) + -ist

Other words from masochist

  • mas·och·is·tic, adjective

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