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What's The Difference Between "Sadist" And "Masochist"?
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What is a sadist?
The word sadist is used to refer to a person who derives sexual satisfaction from other people’s pain and suffering, especially when they are the one inflicting that pain.
Sadist is also used more generally to refer to a person who enjoys being cruel to others, as in My boss is such a sadist that he enjoys making us work late and not paying us for it.
In the context of psychology, the word sadism is used to refer to a disorder in which a person derives sexual pleasure from other people’s pain in a way that harms themselves or harms others without others’ consent. In casual use, such a person may be referred to as a sadist, but like any other disorder, it is usually preferred and recommended to use person-first language, as in a person with a sadism disorder.
The word sadist is often contrasted (or confused) with the word masochist, which refers to a person who gets sexual gratification from being on the receiving end of pain or humiliation, rather than from causing it. Masochism is considered a psychological disorder if the person who engages in such practices experiences distress (such as guilt or anxiety) during them or is unable to otherwise function as a healthy person.
The term sadomasochism combines both terms to refer to sexual practices in which one person is sexually gratified by inflicting pain and the other person is sexually gratified by being the receiver of pain. It is popularly abbreviated as S&M or SM (which appears in the related abbreviation BDSM).
Example: I’m starting to think my teacher is some kind of sadist who enjoys torturing students with homework.
Where does sadist come from?
The first records of the word sadist come from around 1890. The form sadism is older and is based on Marquis de Sade, the title of Donatien Alphonse François, a French novelist known for writing graphic stories involving characters who experience sexual arousal from inflicting pain on others. He was known for engaging in these practices himself.
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How is sadist used in real life?
Sadist is most commonly used in a general way to refer to a person who seems to enjoy being cruel. In this way, it is always negative.
Personal trainer at my new gym is bloody brilliant, I am now working much more efficiently, but heck he is a sadist!! I didn't know my chest muscles could ache so much.
— Lindsay Gordon 💛💙 (@linzisueboo) January 11, 2020
Lady next to me in the waiting room is playing Words with Friends with the sound on, because she is a sadist.
— Ryan Mason (@qdobagoodingjr) May 15, 2015
I know my husband is a sadist not bc of our sex life but bc he shows me pics of animals up for adoption then tells me we can’t get them.
— fiona applebottomjeans (@LAbousakher) October 18, 2020