from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The deriving of sexual gratification, or the tendency to derive sexual gratification, from being physically or emotionally abused.
- n. The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from being humiliated or mistreated, either by another or by oneself.
- n. A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences.
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- n. the enjoyment of receiving pain
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of sexual perversion in which the victim craves, and takes pleasure in, physical abuse from one of the other sex: the opposite of sadism.
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- n. sexual pleasure obtained from receiving punishment (physical or psychological)
I don't think masochism is quite the word I'd use for Twilight, but I think both Bella and Edward are dislikable characters; Bella's weak and Edward's just plain unfriendly.
To try to open one of these monstrosities is an exercise in masochism — hurriedly I discard them with the dispatch with which one would thrust away a venomous snake.
When you hear the word masochism, you probably think of whips and chains and the like.
This has lead me to be far less judgemental of lots of other people’s positions (no matter how wrong I believe them to be) but despite my best efforts I can’t work out the appeal in masochism, AFL (possibly related) and how some people are prepared to deliberately & consiously screw over someone else for what are relatively small ammounts of coin.
As an anthropological experiment/exercise in masochism, I dragged my husband and some pals to see Bride Wars on opening night earlier this year and I’m still scarred.
But this really is an exercise in masochism more than anything else, so how about Boone’s Pina Colada with almond joy?
He seems interested only in characters who project a certain kind of masochism, and misogyny.
I can't tell if this is the result of some kind of masochism or an unshakable feeling that staying "informed" is my duty as a citizen.
E.g.: "masochism" is not the same thing, but of course, as "submission"...
First, a new generation of Japanese without personal memories of the war are revolting against what they see as the "masochism" of institutionalized self-reproach and U. S.-imposed pacifism.