Definitions for sadismˈseɪ dɪz əm, ˈsæd ɪz-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sadism(noun)

    sexual pleasure obtained by inflicting harm (physical or psychological) on others


  1. sadism(Noun)

    the enjoyment of inflicting pain without pity

  2. sadism(Noun)

    achievement of sexual gratification by inflicting pain on others

  3. sadism(Noun)

    gaining sexual excitement and satisfaction by watching pain inflicted by others on their victims

  4. sadism(Noun)

    a morbid form of enjoyment achieved by acting cruelly to another, or others

  5. sadism(Noun)

    (in general use) Deliberate cruelty, either mental or physical; also refers to cruelty inflicted upon animals, regardless of gratification

  6. Origin: Named after the Marquis de Sade, famed for his libertine writings depicting the pleasure of inflicting pain to others. The word for "sadism" (sadisme) is forged or acknowledged in the 1834 posthumous reprint of French lexicographer Boiste's Dictionnaire universel de la langue française; it is reused along with "sadist" (sadique) in 1862 by French critic Sainte-Beuve in his commentary of Flaubert's novel Salammbô; it is reused (possibly independently) in 1886 by Austrian psychiatrist Krafft-Ebing in Psychopathia Sexualis which popularized it; it is directly reused in 1905 by Freud in Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality which definitely established the word.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sadism

    A condition in which there is a derivation of pleasure from inflicting pain, discomfort or humiliation on another person or persons. The sexual significance of sadistic wishes or behavior may be conscious or unconscious.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sadism in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sadism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Erich Fromm:

    The aim of sadism is to transform a man into a thng, something animate into something inanimate, since by complete and absolute control the living loses one essential quality of life-freedom.

  2. Oskar Schindler:

    The persecution of Jews in occupied Poland meant that we could see horror emerging gradually in many ways. In 1939, they were forced to wear Jewish stars, and people were herded and shut up into ghettos. Then, in the years '41 and '42 there was plenty of public evidence of pure sadism. With people behaving like pigs, I felt the Jews were being destroyed. I had to help them. There was no choice.

  3. Raymond Chandler:

    In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism. All this stuff you read about men yelling and screaming, beating against the bars, running spoons along them, guards rushing in with clubs -- all that is for the big house. A good jail is one of the quietest places in the world. Life in jail is in suspension.

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