But the existence of sadism is a part of the human condition that is both universal and universally hard to acknowledge.
Just as Bush outsourced his own sadism to Guantanamo, most of us outsourced our sadism to him by passively accepting what he did.
Obama processes his sadism to the point where he gets somewhat more acceptable.
But we must confront our sadism to protect ourselves from it.
He has denied his own sadism to himself by expressing it in the guise of the good.
There is some difference of opinion as to how "sadism" may be best defined.
This is so to speak an inversion of sadism as regards cause and effect.
The character of Madame Chantelouve is an attempt, probably the first in literature, to diagnose a case of sadism in a woman.
The journal in question attributes with good reason this fantasy to sadism.
Certain reminiscences of sadism are common both in man and woman.
"love of cruelty," 1888, from French sadisme, from the name of 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.
sadism sa·dism (sā'dĭz'əm, sād'ĭz'-)
The act or an instance of deriving sexual gratification from infliction of pain on others.
A psychological disorder in which sexual gratification is derived from infliction of pain on others.
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.