One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Desire for sexual gratification through inflicting pain on oneself or others; sadomasochism.flogging, whipping, beating, scourging, lashing, birching, switching, tanning, strapping, belting, caning, thrashing, flailing, flaying, welting, horsewhipping, spankingView synonyms
Early 20th century: coined in German from Greek algos ‘pain’ + lagneia ‘lust’.
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