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

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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 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, "Mandatory games for your PS4," 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, "‘No one just goes hiking in Afghanistan’: American woman gave birth as a Taliban hostage. Now she seeks to end her mystery.," 23 Aug. 2019 Federal authorities seized thousands of child pornographic images from Mandish’s computers, including hundreds of videos that included images of prepubescent children, bestiality, bondage, sadomasochism and rape, Maloney told the court., "Gaston man who downloaded child pornography sentenced to 8 years in federal prison," 9 Aug. 2019 Police also searched his phone and found visits to a sadomasochism fetish website with discussion threads on kidnapping fantasies, prosecutors have alleged. Megan Crepeau,, "Ex-girlfriend's recordings critical as trial to begin in earnest into disappearance of Chinese scholar at U. of I.," 11 June 2019 Up until the 1980s, S&M (sadomasochism) was classified as an actual mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "7 Things You Didn't Know About "Spanking Therapy"," 4 Aug. 2017 The narratives will converge, but not before traversing a louche landscape of sadomasochism and genital mutilation. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Limehouse Golem,’ Bawdy Limericks and Bloody Corpses," 7 Sep. 2017 Police also searched his phone and found visits to a sadomasochism fetish website with discussion threads on kidnapping fantasies. Dawn Rhodes,, "Family of missing Chinese scholar at U. of I. speaks of pain and uncertainty," 22 Aug. 2017 But the debate over whether the film is a statement of feminist empowerment or masochism — or whether Mr. Verhoeven has forged a new genre: screwball sadomasochism? Rachel Donadio, New York Times, "‘Elle,’ Starring Isabelle Huppert as a Rape Victim Who Turns the Tables, Rivets Critics," 3 June 2016

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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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The first known use of sadomasochism was in 1919

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“Sadomasochism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sadomasochism

: sexual behavior that involves getting pleasure from causing or feeling pain


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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