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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: sadisme, from the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French writer who described cruel sexual practices

sadism

noun
     
Related topics: Psychology, Psychiatry
sa‧dis‧m [uncountable]
1MP behaviour in which someone gets pleasure from hurting other people or making them suffer [↪ masochism]:
There seemed to be an element of sadism in the training regime.
2 when someone gets sexual pleasure from hurting someone [↪ masochism]

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