[sey-doh-mas-uh-kiz-uh m, -maz-, sad-oh-]
interaction, especially sexual activity, in which one person enjoys inflicting physical or mental suffering on another person, who derives pleasure from experiencing pain.
gratification, especially sexual, gained through inflicting or receiving pain; sadism and masochism combined. Abbreviation: S-M, S and M
Origin of sadomasochism
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A psychosexual disorder in which sexual gratification is obtained by engaging in sadistic and masochistic interactions.
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