sadomasochism

[sey-doh-mas-uh-kiz-uhm, -maz-, sad-oh-]
noun
1.
interaction, especially sexual activity, in which one person enjoys inflicting physical or mental suffering on another person, who derives pleasure from experiencing pain.
2.
gratification, especially sexual, gained through inflicting or receiving pain; sadism and masochism combined. Abbreviation: S-M, S and M

Origin:
1930–35; sad- (see sadism) + -o- + masochism

sadomasochist, noun, adjective
sadomasochistic, adjective
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sadomasochism (ˌseɪdəʊˈmæsəˌkɪzəm, ˌsædəʊ-)
 
n
1.  the combination of sadistic and masochistic elements in one person, characterized by both aggressive and submissive periods in relationships with others
2.  sadism Compare masochism SM, Abbreviation: S & M sexual practice in which one partner adopts a sadistic role and the other a masochistic one
 
sadomaso'chistic
 
adj

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sadomasochism sa·do·mas·o·chism (sā'dō-mās'ə-kĭz'əm, sād'ō-)
n.
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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