from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The combination of sadism and masochism, in particular the deriving of pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting or submitting to physical or emotional abuse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practices of sadism and masochism collectively, usually in reference to consensual practices within the BDSM community.
  • n. Sadism and masochism in one person; the enjoyment by a person of both inflicting and receiving pain.
  • n. Sadomasochism for sexual gratification.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sadism and masochism combined in one person


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  • The research showed 2 per cent of adult Australians regularly partake in sadomasochism and dominance and submission-type sexual role play.

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  • The bill has also looked at other controversial areas such as the practice of sadomasochism, which is currently illegal, but looks set to be legalised for consenting adults.


  • Lasky’s giddy enthusiasm occasionally led him to overlook things—he would refer to the sadomasochism of The Cheat as “a wonderful, absorbing love story”—but he always tended to business.

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  • The novel, according to an ECHR statement, "contains graphic descriptions of scenes of sexual intercourse, with various practices such as sadomasochism or vampirism."

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  • But surely no one expects readers to be converted to Nazism or sadomasochism through Aue's account of himself, either, so one must conclude that Franklin's and Bukiet's dislike of an "unremitting immersion in Aue's worldview" has been converted into a general critical requirement that bad people as depicted in fiction must be "counteracted" by a "philosophical or artistic" effort to meliorate their evil.

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  • In "Plan B: A Good Economy for a Good Society", published by Compass, a left-of-centre pressure group, the extent of Plan A's cuts is described as "an act of economic sadomasochism".

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  • But, if you're like us, you take a perverse satisfaction out of being scared -- let's call it very low-grade sadomasochism.

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  • While the sadomasochism marketer was attaching pinching devices to her breasts, another presentation was in progress next door.

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