sadist

noun
sa·​dist | \ ˈsā-dist How to pronounce sadist (audio) , ˈsa- \
plural sadists

Definition of sadist

: 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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“Sadist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sadist. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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sadist

noun
sa·​dist | \ ˈsād-əst How to pronounce sadist (audio) , ˈsad- How to pronounce sadist (audio) \

Medical Definition of sadist

: an individual who practices sadism

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