[mas-uh-kis-tik, maz‐]


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

Related formsmas·och·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of masochistic

  • It also plays at times the same part as masochistic nightmares, filling as it does, the body with glycogen and a sense of power.


    Andr Tridon

  • 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.

  • He seemed to have reached a point at which he was actually getting a masochistic pleasure out of turning the dagger in his wounds.


    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

Word Origin and History for masochistic

1894, from masochist + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper