Examples of sadism in a Sentence
a troubled youth with a streak of sadism in him
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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.
In this episode, at least, Elder William repaid his loyal listener by rescuing him and his kin from Major Craddock, whose tequila tortures pale in sadism only next to the method of railroad construction now practiced in the park.
As viscerally upsetting as that opening scene is, The Handmaid’s Tale doesn’t traffic in sadism for its own sake.
McCoy is certain that the victims’ deaths can be traced to the door of the richest family in Glasgow—whose ice-cold patriarch and his wastrel son are rumored to host orgies laced with drugs and sadism.
Yet little in his life story would suggest the sadism of those acts.
Before long, this tough-minded if generous-hearted movie becomes nearly unbearable as its overarching ethic of honesty edges too close to sadism.
The action is brutal and unsparing but strikingly devoid of sadism; more than once, the movie skips the gory details and cuts to the aftermath, as if to emphasize the finality of all this killing.
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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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