[suh-dis-tik, sey-, sa-]


pertaining to or characterized by sadism; deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from extreme cruelty: a sadistic psychopath.

Origin of sadistic

Related formssa·dis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·sa·dis·tic, adjectivenon·sa·dis·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·sa·dis·tic, adjectiveun·sa·dis·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sadistic

ruthless, perverse, barbarous, vicious, brutal, fiendish

Word Origin and History for sadistic

1892, after German sadistisch; see sadism. Related: Sadistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper