- Sadism is defined as a desire to inflict pain on others, especially for sexual gratification, or is defined as getting pleasure from being extremely cruelty.
Enjoying the act of causing pain on your lover for sexual gratification is an example of sadism.
- the getting of sexual pleasure from dominating, mistreating, or hurting one's partner
- the getting of pleasure from inflicting physical or psychological pain on another or others
Origin of sadismFrench after Marquis de Sade
- The deriving of sexual gratification or the tendency to derive sexual gratification from inflicting pain or emotional abuse on others.
- The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty.
- Extreme cruelty.
Origin of sadismAfter Comte Donatien Alphonse François de Sade.
(countable and uncountable, plural sadisms)
- (chiefly psychiatry) the enjoyment of inflicting pain without pity
- achievement of sexual gratification by inflicting pain on others
- gaining sexual excitement and satisfaction by watching pain inflicted by others on their victims
- a morbid form of enjoyment achieved by acting cruelly to another, or others
- (in general use) Deliberate cruelty, either mental or physical; also refers to cruelty inflicted upon animals, regardless of gratification
Named after the Marquis de Sade, famed for his libertine writings depicting the pleasure of inflicting pain to others. The word for "sadism" (sadisme) was coined or acknowledged in the 1834 posthumous reprint of French lexicographer Boiste's Dictionnaire universel de la langue française; it is reused along with "sadist" (sadique) in 1862 by French critic Sainte-Beuve in his commentary of Flaubert's novel Salammbô; it is reused (possibly independently) in 1886 by Austrian psychiatrist Krafft-Ebing in Psychopathia Sexualis which popularized it; it is directly reused in 1905 by Freud in Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality which definitely established the word.