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[[Image:De-sade1789.jpg|thumb|Illustration of a [[Marquis de Sade]] story (1789).]]
'''Sadomasochism''' (abbreviated '''SM''', '''S/M''' or '''S&M''') is one aspect of what is today known as [[BDSM]]. It is a portmanteau of [[sadism]] and [[masochism]] and conveys the idea that sadism and masochism should not be seen as two distinct phenomena; instead, they are to be seen as one phenomenon that manifests itself in two inseparable aspects, the active (giving) and the passive (receiving) part.