sadism

sadism

[sey-diz-uhm, sad-iz-]
noun
1.
Psychiatry. the condition in which sexual gratification depends on causing pain or degradation to others. Compare masochism.
2.
any enjoyment in being cruel.
3.
extreme cruelty.

Origin:
1885–90; < French sadisme; see Sade, -ism

sadist, noun, adjective
sadistic [suh-dis-tik, sey-, sa-] , adjective
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sadism (ˈseɪdɪzəm, ˈsæ-)
 
n
See also algolagnia Compare masochism the gaining of pleasure or sexual gratification from the infliction of pain and mental suffering on another person
 
[C19: from French, named after the Marquis de Sade]
 
'sadist
 
n
 
sadistic
 
adj
 
sa'distically
 
adv

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sadism
"love of cruelty," 1888, from Fr. sadisme, from Count Donatien A.F. de Sade (1740-1815). Not a marquis, though usually now called one, he was notorious for cruel sexual practices he described in his novels.
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sadism sa·dism (sā'dĭz'əm, sād'ĭz'-)
n.

  1. The act or an instance of deriving sexual gratification from infliction of pain on others.

  2. A psychological disorder in which sexual gratification is derived from infliction of pain on others.


sa'dist n.
sa·dis'tic (sə-dĭs'tĭk) adj.
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sadism [(say-diz-uhm, sad-iz-uhm)]

Abnormal behavior characterized by deriving sexual gratification from inflicting pain on others. More loosely, sadism refers to deriving any pleasure from inflicting pain. Named after the Marquis de Sade, a French author of the eighteenth century, whose works describe many sexual perversities.

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