Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to masochistically: two-fold


1. The deriving of sexual gratification from fantasies or acts that involve being made to suffer physical or mental pain. Also called sexual masochism.
2. The deriving of pleasure from being humiliated or mistreated, either by another or by oneself.
3. A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences.

[After Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895), Austrian novelist .]

mas′och·ist n.
mas′och·is′tic adj.
mas′och·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.masochistically - in a masochistic manner; "masochistically he insisted on an even greater workload"


References in periodicals archive ?
Among these could be both Kashmir and Afghanistan, vying to control which has forced Pakistan's hands into masochistically backing Islamist militancy on both sides, which continues to boomerang on the state.
On the other hand, I don't think people should masochistically try to feel poor, only to test what they are able to manage.
It merely complains that our book is not obediently academic, neurotically self-limiting, or masochistically self-mutilating.
Could Suzanne masochistically enjoy the sadistic suffering which is inflicted upon her?
No Beatrice, however, Dimmesdale masochistically submits to Chillingworth's sadistic advances in mutually pleasurable encounters that, while not necessarily genitally engaged, are yet as sexual as the moment of Pearl's conception.
The kingdom's economy has also taken a battering, sparking growing criticism over a Mr Naimi plan that masochistically devalues the commodity on which the Saudi state so heavily relies.
In the past, viewers and Gervais' stellar targets masochistically enjoyed Gervais' sadistic and even cruel salvos.
In Erian's novel, Jasira's menstrual period functions not as an explicit taboo or locus of disgust, but rather as an incitement to relentless masochistically pleasurable bodily management--Jasira is forever searching for, stealing, and hoarding tampons after her father forbids them, and surveilling other girls to see if they have their periods.
Both are about profoundly disconnected young people who come from privileged urban environments and, somewhat masochistically, allow themselves to be drawn into secretive worlds.
Because along with all the singing stuff, she's naturally, quietly, steadfastly breaking every rule - both the ones that have been set for us and the ones we've masochistically set for ourselves.
Yet it is something, somewhat masochistically, we have all been guilty of.
In place of a gender-binary reading of horror, in which young males identify sadistically with the killer and women identify masochistically with the victim, Clover argues that the experience of horror films can be complex and fluid.