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masochist (noun) one who enjoys being hurt or punished; one who enjoys suffering.

A masochist is one who enjoys suffering or pain. They enjoy being punished or hurt. What normally gives pain to others, the masochist finds enjoyable. It is a psychological abnormality as is sadism.

  • He exerts his body beyond limits in the name of fitness exercise. Perhaps he has masochist tendencies and enjoys straining himself.
  • Among certain primitive tribes, people whip themselves and pierce their skins with sharp-pointed instruments willingly. This can be explained by masochism, which shows in their deriving pleasure in hurting themselves.
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