[sey-dist, sad-ist]


Psychiatry. a person who has the condition of sadism, in which one receives sexual gratification from causing pain and degradation to another.
a person who enjoys being cruel.

Nearby words

  1. sadi,
  2. sadie,
  3. sadie hawkins,
  4. sadiron,
  5. sadism,
  6. sadistic,
  7. sadler's wells,
  8. sadly,
  9. sadness,
  10. sado

Origin of sadist

First recorded in 1890–1920; sad(ism) + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for sadist



1892, from sadism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper