sa·​do·​mas·​och·​ism | \ ˌsā-(ˌ)dō-ˈma-sə-ˌki-zəm How to pronounce sadomasochism (audio) , ˌsa-, -ˈma-zə- \

Definition of sadomasochism

: the derivation of sexual gratification from the infliction of physical pain or humiliation either on another person or on oneself — compare masochism, sadism

Other Words from sadomasochism

sadomasochist \ ˌsā-​(ˌ)dō-​ˈma-​sə-​kist How to pronounce sadomasochism (audio) , ˌsa-​ , -​ˈma-​zə-​ \ noun or adjective
sadomasochistic \ ˌsā-​(ˌ)dō-​ˌma-​sə-​ˈki-​stik How to pronounce sadomasochism (audio) , ˌsa-​ , -​ˌma-​zə-​ \ adjective

Examples of sadomasochism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not surprisingly, Lou Reed didn’t care, crafting one of the standout songs from The Velvet Underground’s debut album around the subjects of sadomasochism, bondage and submission. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 24 Feb. 2022 His 2016 Thelma, about a self-denying teenage lesbian, mixed sci-fi speculation with sadomasochism to reveal the source of a young girl’s power over her oppressors. Armond White, National Review, 9 Feb. 2022 Two razor blades were nearby, as was a pornographic magazine depicting bondage and sadomasochism. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2022 The themes of the record were hard-hitting with a distinct New York City flavor: drugs, sadomasochism, romantic jealousy and urban desperation. David Chiu, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 At the event, which drew about eight hundred people, antiporn feminists distributed leaflets accusing the organizers of supporting sadomasochism, violence against women, and pedophilia. Amia Srinivasan, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Gayle Rubin and Pat Califia write articles calling all consensual acts, including sadomasochism, a form of women’s emancipation. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 The minds behind Dark Souls bring you an ultra-polished and somewhat simplified version of the game that brought distilled sadomasochism to consoles. Popular Science, 13 Apr. 2020 Their history of consensual acts of bondage, sadomasochism and domination adds an additional complication to the prosecution’s attempt to demonstrate abuse. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sadomasochism

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sadomasochism

International Scientific Vocabulary sadism + -o- + masochism

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sa·​do·​mas·​och·​ism | \ ˌsād-(ˌ)ō-ˈmas-ə-ˌkiz-əm How to pronounce sadomasochism (audio) , ˌsad- How to pronounce sadomasochism (audio) , -ˈmaz- \

Medical Definition of sadomasochism

: the derivation of pleasure from the infliction of physical or mental pain either on others or on oneself

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