[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.

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