[ al-guh-lag-nee-uh ]
/ ˌæl gəˈlæg ni ə /

noun Psychiatry.

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 forms

al·go·lag·nic, adjectiveal·go·lag·nist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for algolagnia


/ (ˌælɡəˈlæɡnɪə) /


a perversion in which sexual pleasure is gained from the experience or infliction of painSee also sadism, masochism

Derived Forms

algolagnic, adjectivealgolagnist, noun

Word Origin for algolagnia

from ML, from Greek algos pain + lagneiā lust
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Medicine definitions for algolagnia


[ ăl′gō-lăgnē-ə ]


Sexual gratification derived from inflicting or experiencing pain.

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