sadistic

adjective
sa·​dis·​tic | \ sə-ˈdi-stik How to pronounce sadistic (audio) also sā- or sa- \

Definition of sadistic

: of, relating to, or characterized by sadism sadistic fantasies : taking pleasure in the infliction of pain, punishment, or humiliation on others a leg … sawed off in sections by a sadistic surgeonThe New Yorker For my 41st birthday, an especially sadistic buddy gave me a video of me falling off my skateboard nearly 160 times.— Bret Anthony Johnston

Other Words from sadistic

sadistically \ sə-​ˈdi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sadistic (audio) also  sā-​ or  sa-​ \ adverb
… in a gangster story realism requires that the hoods kill each other off and do so sadistically. — Robert F. Moss

First Known Use of sadistic

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Sadistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sadistic. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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