sadist

sadist

[sey-dist, sad-ist]
noun
1.
Psychiatry. a person who has the condition of sadism, in which one receives sexual gratification from causing pain and degradation to another.
2.
a person who enjoys being cruel.

Origin:
1890–1920;sad(ism) + -ist

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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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sadist
1897 from sadism.
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