seeksorrow

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From seek +‎ sorrow.

Noun[edit]

seeksorrow (plural seeksorrows)

  1. One who acts to his own detriment; one who contrives to give himself vexation; a self-tormentor; masochist
    • 2002, Scott Donaldson, 9781463430856[1], iUniverse, ISBN 9780595211388, page 301:
      In a bicentennial comment for Newsweek, he took issue with those who played the role of Seeksorrow. The Yale literary magazine had written him asking if he thought things were going to get worse …
    • 2010, Phil Cousineau, Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words[2], Cleis Press, ISBN 9781573444002, page xvii:
      When my parents drove us up to Stratford, Ontario, to see a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the word seeksorrow leapt out at me from the stage, and I've loved it ever since.
    • 2011, Jeanne McElvaney, Old Maggie's Spirit Whispers[3], AuthorHouse, ISBN 9781463430856, page 21:
      I do not think you are a seeksorrow, giving yourself comfort in vexation.