There is an opposite word of dominant in sexuality and otherwise which has the starting letters 'mas..........' but I'm not able to recall the word, can somebody help ? I just remember it being too long and not able to pronounce it properly.

While I have no sentence in my mind, I can describe an experience which lot of people probably have. It's like the one work that your boss, co-worker, girl-friend, wife, husband gives you that you absolutely abhore. You would only do it when you are feeling extremly guilty about something or in mood for some self-punishment. I hope I was able to describe the word I'm looking for.

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  • Did you try a thesaurus? They have antonyms too. – Mitch Feb 2 at 23:42
  • @Mitch - I tried, but I couldn't find an antonym of "thesaurus" anywhere. – Hot Licks Feb 3 at 0:31
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    I don't have enough rep for my -1 to count but I downvoted because you're not actually looking for the opposite of dominant but the opposite of sadistic. – a25bedc5-3d09-41b8-82fb-ea6c353d75ae Feb 3 at 0:43
  • That's fine but then again I'm not a native english speaker. The idea for english.stackexchange.com is for us non-english native speakers is to learn the language. If we knew it all, then english.stackexchange.com wouldn't be here. – shirish Feb 3 at 6:00

The word you're looking for is "masochistic". It's really the opposite of "sadistic" not "dominant", but it's close.

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    Please add a reference to an authoritative source, your answer at present does not fit in with the rules of the site. Please read: english.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer – Duckisaduckisaduck Feb 3 at 2:58
  • @Duckisaduckisaduck nowhere in that document does it say a reference to an authoritative source is required, nor is that document even the rules of the site; only a description of how to write a good answer. In this case, there is no authoritative source to refernce; OP was asking for help remembering a specific word which started with "mas…" and roughly meant "… dominant in sexuality and otherwise… ". The only authoritative source is OP's memory. – nemequ Feb 3 at 3:26
  • Please flag my comment if it is inappropriate and a moderator will be along shortly. – Duckisaduckisaduck Feb 3 at 3:40
  • I don't think it's inappropriate (you're obviously trying to help keep quality up), I just don't think it's accurate or useful, either. – nemequ Feb 3 at 3:43
  • The question itself is problematic in that is shows no evidence of research and thus sets a precedent for answers that follow suit, you could read: english.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask Supposing the requirements there are followed, the issue that I raised of answers such as yours should never arise. It all just happened that way. – Duckisaduckisaduck Feb 3 at 3:49

I think the opposite of this word is submissive

  • I did but did not find it, nemeque found it though. – shirish Feb 3 at 0:00
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    @Ray Source Please provide a reference to an authoritative source for your answer. Please read: english.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer – Duckisaduckisaduck Feb 3 at 2:52
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    I think you're right that the opposite of "dominant" is "submissive", it's just that the question didn't match the title; "submissive" doesn't start with "mas…". – nemequ Feb 3 at 3:20
  • Hi Ray, welcome to EL&U. As @nemequ notes, this isn't an answer to the question. Also, your post is too short and lacks authoritative references, and as a result the system has flagged it as "low-quality because of its length and content." For further guidance, see How to Answer. :-) – Chappo Feb 3 at 5:38

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