Sadism Definition

sādĭzəm, sădĭz-
noun
The getting of sexual pleasure from dominating, mistreating, or hurting one's sexual partner.
Webster's New World
The getting of pleasure from inflicting physical or psychological pain on another or others.
Webster's New World
The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty.
American Heritage
Extreme cruelty.
Video games that are full of sadism.
American Heritage Medicine
Synonyms:
sadomasochismmasochismpsychopathia sexualis (Latin)sexual aberrationsexual abnormalitymalicecrueltyperversion

Other Word Forms of Sadism

Noun

Singular:
sadism
Plural:
sadisms

Origin of Sadism

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • After Comte Donatien Alphonse François de Sade

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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