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  • n. One who derives pleasure through cruelty or pain to others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who practises sadism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain or others


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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 fran├žaise; it is reused along with "sadist" (sadique) in 1862 by French critic Sainte-Beuve in his commentary of Flaubert's novel Salammb├┤; 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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  • So the sadist is the fate of the woman; the woman the fate of the masochist.

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  • "Seidl has been described as a sadist, but underneath all the gloom and doom and constant cruelty is obviously a disappointed idealist crying out for people to care for one another."

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  • Avman at the Louisiana Conservative describes his "sadist" streak:

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  • It takes a special kind of sadist, doesn't it, to troll Lebanese blogs and either lecture or gloat at the misery of people whose homes and families are under military attack?

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  • Koch seems unwilling to peel back the labels of "sadist" and "misogynist" to even guess at Hem's deeper motivations.

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  • What kind of sadist allows their patient to suffer through this kind of pain for two weeks, whilst prescribing 4 days supply of pain pills that have about as much effect as a flinstone vitamin!

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  • I think your statements show a much stronger signs of a 'sadist' than a 'psychopath', but obviously that's just my reading.

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  • Thks for your offer of the Sandman though, I think i would prefer the Luficer 'sadist' storyline, haha.

  • All of you wringing your hands about what Bush, Cheney, or Rice might have authorized, or what the CIA did to the savages we captured in the war against al-Qaeda, will have a long uphill climb convincing any sane person that any of the people involved in those actions is some kind of sadist who just gets off on hurting people.

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