sado-masochism

n.

also sadomasochism, 1916, from comb. form of sadism + masochism. Abbreviation S & M first attested 1965. An earlier word for sexualities that focused on violence was algolagnia (1900), Modern Latin, coined in German in 1892 by German doctor and paranormalist Albert von Schrenck-Notzing (1862-1929) from Greek algos "pain" + lagneia "lust."


Nearby words

  1. sadistic,
  2. sadler's wells,
  3. sadly,
  4. sadness,
  5. sado,
  6. sado-masochist,
  7. sadoc,
  8. sadomasochism,
  9. sadomasochistic,
  10. sadová

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