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[sey-doh-mas-uh-kiz-uh m, -maz-, sad-oh-] /ˌseɪ doʊˈmæs əˌkɪz əm, -ˈmæz-, ˌsæd oʊ-/
interaction, especially sexual activity, in which one person enjoys inflicting physical or mental suffering on another person, who derives pleasure from experiencing pain.
gratification, especially sexual, gained through inflicting or receiving pain; sadism and masochism combined.
Abbreviation: S-M, S and M.
Origin of sadomasochism
1930-35; sad- (see sadism) + -o- + masochism
Related forms
sadomasochist, noun, adjective
sadomasochistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is these sadomasochistic tendencies that complicate this psychological portrait.
  • It includes violence, profanity and mildly sadomasochistic bedroom scenes.
British Dictionary definitions for sadomasochistic


/ˌseɪdəʊˈmæsəˌkɪzəm; ˌsædəʊ-/
the combination of sadistic and masochistic elements in one person, characterized by both aggressive and submissive periods in relationships with others
sexual practice in which one partner adopts a sadistic role and the other a masochistic one Abbreviation SM, S & M Compare sadism, masochism
Derived Forms
sadomasochistic, adjective
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sadomasochistic in Medicine

sadomasochism sa·do·mas·o·chism (sā'dō-mās'ə-kĭz'əm, sād'ō-)
The perversion of deriving pleasure, especially sexual pleasure, from simultaneous sadism and masochism.

sa'do·mas'o·chist n.
sa'do·mas'o·chis'tic adj.
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