(1740-1814) a French writer who was put in prison for his violent sexual actions. He wrote novels and plays about the sexual pleasure he got from hurting other people, and sadism, the word for this type of sexual pleasure, is based on his name.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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