masochist

masochist

[mas-uh-kist]
noun
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.
3.
a person who finds pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, etc.

Origin:
1890–1900;masoch(ism) + -ist

masochistic, adjective
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masochism (ˈmæsəˌkɪzəm)
 
n
1.  psychiatry an abnormal condition in which pleasure, esp sexual pleasure, is derived from pain or from humiliation, domination, etc, by another person
2.  psychoanal the directing towards oneself of any destructive tendencies
3.  Compare sadism a tendency to take pleasure from one's own suffering
 
[C19: named after Leopold von Sacher Masoch (1836--95), Austrian novelist, who described it]
 
'masochist
 
n, —adj
 
maso'chistic
 
adj
 
maso'chistically
 
adv

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masochist
1895, formed from masochism.
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