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’|Andrew Romano|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lloyd Grove|May 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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.
This is so to speak an inversion of sadism as regards cause and effect.
In fact, if it did not admit of sacrilege, sadism would have no reason for existence.Against The Grain|Joris-Karl Huysmans
Féré speaks of sexual algophily; he only applies the term to masochism; it might equally well be applied to sadism.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
The roots of active algolagnia, sadism, can be readily demonstrable in the normal.Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex|Sigmund Freud
We may add that, like sadism, masochism occurs in sexual inverts, but always having the same sex for its object.
British Dictionary definitions for sadism
Word Origin for sadism
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.
Medicine definitions for sadism
Culture definitions for sadism
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.