masochistic masochistic  /ˈmæ sə kɪ stɪk/


  • (adj) deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from being abused or dominated


  1. What seems to be the theme of the masochistic fantasies, she says, is the need to placate a strong woman.
  2. The brutal image of a woman being raped flashes onto the screen, then another of a woman in the throes of masochistic ecstasy as she is strangled by her lover.
  3. This freedom means that you will never tether yourself to an eternally hopeless bottom-dwelling club--unless that's your masochistic bent.


  1. Cooperstown's Ford wins state high jump title

    It's a masochistic event, one that usually ends in failure and one that is in direct conflict with gravity. But for Cooperstown junior Lucy Ford, the high jump pit at Middletown High must have seemed like heaven Saturday afternoon.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Daily Star

  2. Bette's bravura breakthru

    It’s nearly 80 years since the gale force known as Bette Davis seized our attention as Mildred, the cheap Cockney slut who tortured masochistic Leslie Howard in OF HUMAN BONDAGE and became a star. “I wipe. My. Mouth! Ev-er-y time. I. Kiss. You. I. Wipe. My. Mouth!” Davis sneered, furiously taunting poor Howard, her staccato speech a stream of invective that still shocks, excites, mesmerizes ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Boston Herald


  1. "I think I do have a masochistic streak, I'm sure about that," says Gainsbourg, who has been in rural Queensland filming Julie Bertucelli's The Tree. "To go into grief, painful emotions, is something very gratifying because it's very intense...
    on Nov 20, 2009 By: Serge Gainsbourg Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "One pitch makes a lot of difference in a lot of situations and determines the outcome of the game. To throw 140-something pitches and one pitch plays a significant role in changing the momentum, who invented this? Some sado-masochistic person...
    on Mar 16, 2007 By: Augie Garrido Source: (subscription)

  3. During one tiff with Clark, MacNeice writes: "I used to have a masochistic instinct to agree with things people said against me but I have given up pretending to agree when I don't."
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Louis MacNeice Source:

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