Examples of sadism in a Sentence
a troubled youth with a streak of sadism in him
Recent Examples of sadism from the Web
Those who practice bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism (B.D.S.M.) have rules for protecting boundaries, safety and consent.
And as bad as von Trier's playful sadism may be, his defensive pedantry may be even worse.
The Purge: Anarchy (2014) took viewers out into city to get a better gauge of the widespread sadism sweeping the nation.
Even amid a conflict marked by as much sadism and brutality as Liberia’s first civil war, Charles Taylor’s October 1992 bid to seize that West African nation’s capital, Monrovia, stands out as one of its bloodiest chapters.
Former inmates from the largest Air Force Intelligence branch in Damascus have described interrogations replete with sadism.
Research shows that internet trolls tend to display personality traits like sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.
So in some cases swatting is just manifestations of someone’s sadism.
There are more than just a few Sapphic suggestions here, along with the religious lunacy, sadism, hallucinations, magic realism and a visual vocabulary rooted in horror.
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What is the Difference Between the Words masochism & sadism?
Interestingly, both masochism and sadism are eponymous words. English has thousands of such words, taken from the names of people both real and fictional. Masochism comes from the name of the 19th century German novelist, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. It is unusual in that it began to be used during the lifetime of the man from whom it originated (Sacher-Masoch died in 1895, and masochism had been in printed use since 1892). Sadism comes from the name of the French writer, the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814).
The two words are not only often encountered in connection with one another, they have been combined into a single word, sadomasochism.
SADISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sadism for English Language Learners
: enjoyment that someone gets from being violent or cruel or from causing pain; especially : sexual enjoyment from hurting or punishing someone
medical Definition of sadism
sadistic\sə-ˈdis-tik also sā- or sa-\ adjective
sadisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Biographical Note for sadism
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