dominatrix

noun
do·mi·na·trix | \ ˌdä-mi-ˈnā-triks \
plural dominatrices\-ˈnā-trə-sēz, -nə-ˈtrī-sēz \ also dominatrixes

Definition of dominatrix 

: a woman who physically or psychologically dominates her partner in a sadomasochistic encounter broadly : a dominating woman

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Then there are the clients who view their financial dominatrixes as their therapists. Jennifer Swann, chicagotribune.com, "Meet the 'financial dominatrixes' who meddle in men's lives — and wallets," 12 Apr. 2018 Now, due to its paramount nature in the market, Eros makes millions of dollars a year; in 2010, Washington, D.C.–based dominatrix Jenny DeMilo estimated that the website brings in somewhere between 8 and 10 million a year. Rick Paulas, Longreads, "Sex Workers vs. The Internet," 15 June 2018 Meanwhile, Tommy Hilfiger's festival-friendly, sporadically placed micro braids and McQueen's thick, slicked and waist-grazing dominatrix plaits proved there's an expressive woven style for everyone. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "8 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2018 Runways," 14 Mar. 2018 Earlier in the night, the model wore the gown of a dominatrix/vampire by Gareth Pugh x Chrome Hearts. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Bella Hadid Saved Her Most Naked Look For the Met Gala After Party​​," 8 May 2018 Two elected Harris County officials squared off Tuesday over a bizarre case in which a top treasury official was charged in a $35,000 check kiting fraud to meet the financial demands of a dominatrix. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "DA, County Treasurer spar over handling of dominatrix case," 10 Apr. 2018 Some of her most popular pieces, including Jimmy Paulette & Misty in a Taxi, NYC and Nan as a dominatrix, Cambridge MA 1978, will be re-created on sweatshirts, anoraks, skateboards, and T-shirts for Supreme. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Supreme Announces a Genuinely Unexpected Collaboration," 26 Mar. 2018 John Neisler leads their opposition as a merrily villainous Richelieu, aided by Milady de Winter (played as a sly dominatrix by Sarah Carlton), his chief spy, who has a secret link to the Musketeers. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'Three Musketeers' is one for all and all for fun at NOMA Sculpture Garden," 12 May 2018 My look will usually fall somewhere between ballerina and dominatrix in the form of elegant lines, choice moments of allure, and leather. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Creative Director Who’s Not Afraid to Wear Mismatched Shoes," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of dominatrix

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dominatrix

Latin, feminine of dominator

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dominatrix

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English Language Learners Definition of dominatrix

: a woman who controls and hurts her partner during sexual activity in order to give her partner sexual pleasure

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