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Dom (BDSM)

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B&D, B/D, or BD Bondage and discipline
D&s, D/s, or Ds Dominance and submission
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Top/​Dominant partner who performs or controls the activity
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Dom is the active partner in D/s. It is often assumed to be a shortened version of the word 'dominant', used as a noun but could equally come from the Latin Dominus (man of the house) or Domina (lady of the house). It is usually written with an upper-case[wp] D as an honorific.

The counterpart is the sub.


The term Dom can be used gender-independent but unlike noun usage of Dominant, 'Dom' normally would be used only for males. The female equivalent is Domme or Dominatrix.


People are clearly entitled to call themselves whatever they want and the term Dom or Dominant is sometimes mixed up with both Top and Master. Indeed, a Top might be dominant and a Master almost certainly is.

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A Dom is a partner who takes the role of giver or controller in such acts as bondage, discipline, humiliation, or servitude. Such acts are performed on a sub. Many Doms incorporate all aspects of being a Top but this is not universal.

While a Dom will take care of his sub, he will be giving orders or otherwise employ physical or psychological techniques of control. He might instruct the submissive to perform the act on him.

The relationship between a Dom and his sub may be very transitory or can be permanent. Some Doms are married to their sub. Long term relationships are known as D/s (Dominant/submissive) relationships.

A Dom might be a sadist but is unlikely to be a masochist.

Some partners switch roles from one encounter to the other, or even during a single encounter, depending on mood and preference. See Switch.

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This article based on an article Dom (23 May 2016) from the free Encyklopedia Wipipedia. The Wipipedia article is published under GNU-License for free Documentation. In Wipipedia is a List of Authors available those who worked on the text before being incorporated in WikiMANNia.