Glossary of BDSM

This glossary of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism) terms defines terms commonly used in the BDSM community.

BDSM activities are described as play in BDSM terminology. The BDSM term is a portmanteau acronym intended to take in all of the following activities:

BDSM glossary:

Note that some people in the BDSM community begin dominant terms with an upper case, for example: Top, Master, Dom, Domme, etc, as well as to begin submissive terms with a lower case, even where normally incorrect, chiefly in acronyms and abbreviations, such as D/s for Dom/sub.

In addition, high protocol refers to groups that adhere to strict roles and role-based rules of conduct, whereas low protocol refers to groups that are more relaxed. Old Guard refers to high protocol groups, particularly gay leather BDSM groups: see Old Guard leather.

See also

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