Examples of sadism in a Sentence
a troubled youth with a streak of sadism in him
Recent Examples of sadism from the Web
My idea of aliens was informed more by the grimly authoritative accounts in Time Life’s Mysteries of the Unknown; films such as Fire in the Sky, which sensationalized the alien abduction story of Travis Walton; or just the sadism of my boyhood.
Yet out of this stew of sadism, closeted homosexuality and antediluvian notions of machismo came some great art.
Her masochism is a perfect fit for Petra's sadism—a warped depiction of perfect love that Fassbinder would take to further extremes in his subsequent melodrama Martha (1974).
His lament that Hurricane Maria has derailed the federal budget dressed his sadism up in cool, Olympian judgment.
Yet these same incubators of rape culture and general sadism are remembered with love by many of their former members.
But things took quite the turn when Jamie Fraser ran into the sadism of Black Jack Randall.
The sadistic Ramsay reaches a new level of sadism by violating his new bride—and forcing Theon to watch—setting off endless internet hand-wringing.
The files included child pornography involving sadism.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of sadism
First Known Use: 1818See Words from the same year
Synonymsatrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, barbarousness, brutality, cruelness, fiendishness, heartlessness, inhumanity, inhumanness, cruelty, savageness, savagery, truculence, viciousness, wantonness
Antonymsbenignity, compassion, good-heartedness, humaneness, humanity, kindheartedness, kindness, sympathy, tenderheartedness
Related Wordshard-heartedness, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, unfeelingness; fellness, ferociousness, ferocity, fierceness, grimness; bloodlust, bloodthirstiness, murderousness, sanguineness, sanguinity; cattiness, despitefulness, hatefulness, malevolence, maliciousness, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spitefulness; hardhandedness, harshness, heavy-handedness, oppressiveness
Near Antonymstenderness, warmheartedness, warmness, warmth; charitableness, clemency, leniency, mercifulness, mercy, pity
SADISM Defined for English Language Learners
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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