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Definition of "sadomasochism" [sadomasochism]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sadomasochism" in a sentence
  • "Today, Mapplethorpe probably is best known for his lush black-and-white photographs of flowers, celebrities — and male nudes engaged in sadomasochism, which fueled debates about public funding for the arts."
  • "The research showed 2 per cent of adult Australians regularly partake in sadomasochism and dominance and submission-type sexual role play."
  • "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."