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masochism

noun [U] uk   /ˈmæs.ə.kɪ.zəm/ us  
psychology the activity of getting sexual pleasure from being hurt or controlled by another person
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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.
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masochist
noun [C] uk   /-kɪst/ us  
masochistic
adjective uk   /ˌmæs.əˈkɪs.tɪk/ us  
masochistic behaviour/pleasure/fantasies
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