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noun Psychiatry.
  1. sexual pleasure derived from enduring or inflicting pain, as in masochism or sadism.

Origin of algolagnia

1900–05; < German Algolagnie, equivalent to algo- algo- + -lagnie < Greek lagneía lust
Related formsal·go·lag·nic, adjectiveal·go·lag·nist, noun
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Examples from the Web for algolagnia

Historical Examples

  • I may here narrate a case which has been communicated to me of algolagnia in a woman, combined with sexual hyperesthesia.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)</p>

    Havelock Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for algolagnia


  1. a perversion in which sexual pleasure is gained from the experience or infliction of painSee also sadism, masochism
Derived Formsalgolagnic, adjectivealgolagnist, noun

Word Origin

from ML, from Greek algos pain + lagneiā lust
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algolagnia in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Sexual gratification derived from inflicting or experiencing pain.
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