dominatrix

dominatrix

[dom-uh-ney-triks]
noun, plural dominatrices [dom-uh-ney-truh-seez, -nuh-trahy-seez] .
1.
a woman who plays the dominant role in a sado-masochistic sexual relationship or encounter.
2.
a woman who dominates.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin; see dominate, -trix


See -trix.
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dominatrix (ˌdɒmɪˈneɪtrɪks)
 
n , pl dominatrices
1.  a woman who is the dominant sexual partner in a sadomasochistic relationship
2.  a dominant woman
 
[C16: from Latin, fem of dominātor, from dominārī to be lord over]

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dominatrix
"dominant female entity," attested since 1560s, though not in quite the usual modern sense ("Rome ... dominatrix of nations" [1561]). See see domination + -trix. Modern BDSM sense attested by 1976.
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