[sey-doh-mas-uh-kiz-uh m, -maz-, sad-oh-]
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  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 of sadomasochism

1930–35; sad- (see sadism) + -o- + masochism
Related formssa·do·mas·o·chist, noun, adjectivesa·do·mas·o·chis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for sadomasochism

malice, cruelty, sadomasochism, masochism

British Dictionary definitions for sadomasochism


  1. the combination of sadistic and masochistic elements in one person, characterized by both aggressive and submissive periods in relationships with others
  2. sexual practice in which one partner adopts a sadistic role and the other a masochistic oneAbbreviation: SM, S & M Compare sadism, masochism
Derived Formssadomasochistic, adjective
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sadomasochism in Medicine


[sā′dō-măsə-kĭz′əm, săd′ō-]
  1. A psychosexual disorder in which sexual gratification is obtained by engaging in sadistic and masochistic interactions.
Related formssa′do•maso•chist′do•mas′o•chistic adj.
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