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Sexual gratification derived from inflicting or experiencing pain.

[New Latin : algo- + Greek lagneia, lust (from lagnos, lustful; see slēg- in Indo-European roots).]

al′go·lag′nic adj.
al′go·lag′nist n.


(Psychiatry) a perversion in which sexual pleasure is gained from the experience or infliction of pain. See also sadism, masochism
[from German Algolagnie, from Greek algos pain + lagneiā lust]
ˌalgoˈlagnic adj
ˌalgoˈlagnist n


(ˌæl gəˈlæg ni ə)

sexual pleasure derived from enduring or inflicting pain, as in masochism or sadism.
[1900–05; < German Algolagnie=algo- algo- + -lagnie < Greek lagneía lust]
al`go•lag′nic, adj.
al`go•lag′nist, n.


a deriving of sexual pleasure from inflicting or enduring pain. Cf. masochism, sadism. — algolagnist, n. — algolagnic, adj.
See also: Pain
the finding of sexual pleasure in suffering or inflicting physical pain; sadomasochism. — algolagnist, n. — algolagnic, adj.
See also: Sex
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.algolagnia - sexual pleasure derived from inflicting or experiencing pain
sexual pleasure - pleasure derived from sexual activities
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Ao longo dessa pesquisa, obtive acesso a apenas uma fala de um switcher, que foi entrevistado no documentario Algolagnia (21).
De esta manera, nos plantea un recorrido por problemas como la acedia, la anhedonia, la melancolia, la celotipia, la algolagnia, la alexisomia, la somatotimia, y, finalmente, la alexitimia.
410-24; William Norwood East, "Responsibility in Mental Disorder, with Special Reference to Algolagnia," Journal of Mental Science, 84 (1938), pp.