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masochism

noun [U]     /ˈmæs.ə.kɪ.zəm/
psychology the activity of getting sexual pleasure from being hurt or controlled by another person → Compare sadismSexual activity in generalPhysical and sexual assault and abduction informal the enjoyment of an activity or situation that most people would find very unpleasant: I reckon you need to be into masochism to run marathons. → Compare sadismTaking pleasure in something masochist     /-kɪst/ noun [C] Pain and painful masochistic     /ˌmæs.əˈkɪs.tɪk/ adjective masochistic behaviour/pleasure/fantasiesTaking pleasure in something
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