Definition of masochistic in US English:



  • 1Deriving sexual gratification from one's own pain or humiliation.

    ‘masochistic sexual fantasies’
    • ‘The marriage was not a success, and in his last years, he suffered from a pathological masochistic melancholia.’
    • ‘He points outs that a genuine sadist could never tolerate a masochistic victim.’
    • ‘Such childhood-beating narratives play an important part in Freud's interpretation of sadistic and masochistic personalities.’
    • ‘Most of what is seen in the film is bondage, discipline, and masochistic acts performed by actual participants in that world.’
    • ‘The patient begins to identify with the child being beaten, imagines enjoying such treatment, and develops a masochistic fantasy.’
    • ‘Because of his obsession with this movie, he was deemed insane with extreme masochistic tendencies.’
    • ‘She gives a tour-de-force performance as a chilly piano teacher with a taste for masochistic sex.’
    • ‘Once he has killed his masochistic dream, aggressive female sexuality becomes both available and productive.’
    • ‘When a young student becomes smitten with her, the teacher enlists him in her dangerous, masochistic sexual fantasies.’
    • ‘The characters are violent in every sense of the word, and they are sadistic or masochistic (often both simultaneously).’
    1. 1.1 (in general use) enjoying an activity that appears to be painful or tedious.
      ‘he seems to take a masochistic delight in confronting uncomfortable truths’
      • ‘There's a sense of perverse, masochistic enjoyment associated with sitting through something on the level of this movie.’
      • ‘Here we have an inept comedian bear, a diva pig, a masochistic daredevil, a psychotic foreign culinary expert, and a raucously eccentric house band.’
      • ‘We get no trailer for the sequel, an omission that will spell sweet relief for all but the most masochistic movie renter.’
      • ‘To my masochistic amazement, I found it less interesting with each viewing.’
      • ‘His pal goes to masochistic lengths to clear his name and free him.’
      • ‘Airline travel is one of the most masochistic forms of bureaucracy devised by humankind to punish us for our collective sins, whatever they may be.’
      • ‘The public refuses its masochistic role as philistine, seeking affirmation instead in an art of generosity and pleasure.’
      • ‘If you feel compelled to watch this movie by some masochistic tendency you are powerless to control, then regard it as a comedy, not as a Western.’
      • ‘What I got from him was a complete trust in filmmaking and a taste for endangering myself a little bit—but not in a masochistic way, in an adventurous way.’
      • ‘The religiosity at the core of his films has always transformed his leading ladies into masochistic saints at best, abused playthings at worst.’