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.

Origin of masochist

First recorded in 1890–1900;masoch(ism) + -ist
Related formsmas·och·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Rousseau, in his "Confessions," reveals the sexual feelings of the masochist.

Word Origin and History for masochist

1895, from masochism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper