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a state characterized by both sadistic and masochistic tendencies. adj., adj sadomasochis´�tic.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A form of perversion marked by enjoyment of cruelty and/or humiliation in its received or active and/or dispensed and passive forms.
[sadism + masochism]
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The combination of sadism and masochism, in particular the deriving of pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting or submitting to physical or mental pain or suffering.
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sadomasochismS/M Psychiatry A popular term for the coexistence of sadism and masochism either as 1 An integral part of sexuoeroticism. See Paraphilia, Sexual deviancy or 2 A component of a person's personality profile, where passive and submissive–masochistic attitudes coexist with aggressive and cruel–sadistic attitudes. See Passive-aggressive personality disorder.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A form of perversion marked by enjoyment of cruelty and humiliation, both received and dispensed.
[sadism + masochism]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
sadomasochismA sexual deviation in which arousal is achieved by inflicting pain (SADISM) or by experiencing pain or abuse of various kinds (MASOCHISM).
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Sade,Donatien Alphonse François, Comte de, French soldier, writer, and libertine, 1740-1814.
sadism - a form of perversion in which a person finds pleasure in inflicting abuse and maltreatment.
sadist - one who practices sadism.
sadomasochism - a form of perversion marked by enjoyment of cruelty and/or humiliation in its received or active and/or dispensed and passive form.
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