- Psychiatry. the condition in which sexual gratification depends on causing pain or degradation to others.Compare masochism.
- any enjoyment in being cruel.
- extreme cruelty.
Origin of sadism
Examples from the Web for sadism
Julian Fellowes can save his show by offing the target of his sadism.Just Kill Mr. Bates Already! How to Save ‘Downton Abbey’
February 20, 2014
Obama processes his sadism to the point where he gets somewhat more acceptable.Obama Has a Mean Streak and He Turned It on Romney This Week
May 26, 2012
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.
But we must confront our sadism to protect ourselves from it.
Certain reminiscences of sadism are common both in man and woman.
This is so to speak an inversion of sadism as regards cause and effect.
The journal in question attributes with good reason this fantasy to sadism.
It is a dysgenic factor but much less important than sadism.Woman
William J. Robinson
And it was here that I detected a trace of sadism in my lovely wife."And That's How It Was, Officer"
Word Origin and History for sadism
"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.
- The act or an instance of deriving sexual gratification from infliction of pain on others.
- A psychosexual 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.