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[mas-uh-kis-tik, maz‐]
  1. Psychiatry. having a condition in which sexual gratification depends on suffering, physical pain, and humiliation.
  2. gratified by pain, degradation, deprivation, etc., inflicted on oneself either by one's own actions or the actions of others.
  3. tending to be self-destructive.
  4. tending to find pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, degradation, etc.
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Origin of masochistic

Related formsmas·och·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for masochistically

Historical Examples

  • But the song which became briefly, masochistically popular every two years and two months had spoiled their feeling of seclusion.

    Voyage To Eternity

    Milton Lesser

Word Origin and History for masochistically



1894, from masochist + -ic.

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