1The tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from one’s own pain or humiliation.
- His eyes widened as he read about sadism and masochism, bondage and domination.
- There are different theories related to sexual masochism, many stemming from the psychoanalytic camp.
- Though the pursuit of sexual ecstasy through pain is seen as masochism, as a perversion, Bataille argues that this is one example of liberation through surrender.
1.1(In general use) the enjoyment of what appears to be painful or tiresome: isn’t there some masochism involved in taking on this kind of project?
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- I always knew you had to be a bit of a sadist to cook - after all, you have to beat the eggs and whip the cream - but now cooking is an exercise in masochism as well.
- Supporting the modern multiplex is an exercise in commercial masochism.
- There is nothing quite like following Oasis as an exercise in masochism.
Late 19th century: named after Leopold von Sacher- Masoch (1835–95), the Austrian novelist who described it, + -ism.
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