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Definitions for sadism
ˈseɪ dɪz əm, ˈsæd ɪz-sadism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sadismnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. sadismnoun

    the enjoyment of inflicting pain without pity

  2. sadismnoun

    achievement of sexual gratification by inflicting pain on others

  3. sadismnoun

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

  4. sadismnoun

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

  5. sadismnoun

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

  6. Etymology: 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.

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  1. sadism

    Sadism is the psychological condition or behavior of gaining pleasure and gratification from inflicting pain, suffering, or humiliation on others. It can manifest in a variety of ways, such as physical, emotional, or psychological cruelty. The term comes from the name of the Marquis de Sade, a French nobleman and author who depicted such behaviors in his works.

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.

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Numerology

  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

Examples of sadism in a Sentence

  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.

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