sadist

noun sa·dist \ ˈsā-dist , ˈsa- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of sadist

plural sadists
: one characterized by sadism : a person who takes pleasure in inflicting pain, punishment, or humiliation on others
  • a sexual sadist
  • He's a sadist and, where Toby is concerned, an unusually relentless one: he's in the boy's face constantly, prodding, belittling, taunting.
  • —Terrence Rafferty
  • To the penal colony, the cat-o'-nine-tails was a tool more basic than the hoe. On Norfolk Island, where the camp was commanded by a succession of sadists, there were other forms of torture as well …
  • —Clive James

First Known Use of sadist

1892

in the meaning defined above

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Medical Dictionary

sadist

noun sa·dist \ ˈsād-əst , ˈsad- \

medical Definition of sadist

: an individual who practices sadism

Learn More about sadist

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of sadist


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