[ sey-doh-mas-uh-kis-tik, -maz-, sad-oh- ]
/ ˌseɪ doʊˌmæs əˈkɪs tɪk, -ˌmæz-, ˌsæd oʊ- /
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pertaining to or characterized by interaction, especially sexual activity, in which one person enjoys inflicting physical or mental suffering on another person, who derives pleasure from experiencing pain:The artist perfectly, but controversially, captured the spirit of the underground, homoerotic, sadomasochistic scenes of the 60s and 70s in New York.
deriving gratification by both inflicting and receiving pain:You can’t win—someone’s always going to call you a sadomasochistic hater of babies for making your baby cry it out.
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Origin of sadomasochistic

sad- (see sadism) + -o- + masochistic

Words nearby sadomasochistic

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How to use sadomasochistic in a sentence

  • It’s surprising to say that a film about the sadomasochistic eccentricities of coupledom produced Anderson’s wittiest script and prettiest cinematography, but Phantom Thread did exactly that.

    All of Paul Thomas Anderson's Movies, Ranked|Matthew Jacobs|November 24, 2021|Time