[ mas-uh-kist ]
/ ˈmæs ə kɪst /


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.

Nearby words

  1. masking tape,
  2. maskinonge,
  3. maslin,
  4. maslow,
  5. masochism,
  6. masochistic,
  7. masochistic personality,
  8. mason,
  9. mason bee,
  10. mason city

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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Word Origin and History for masochist



1895, from masochism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper