Etymology
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sadism (n.)

"love of cruelty," especially as evidence of a subconscious lust that the cruelty satisfies, 1888, from French sadisme, from the name of Count Donatien A.F. de Sade (1740-1815). Not a marquis, though usually now called one, he was notorious for the cruel sexual practices described in his novels.

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Definitions of sadism

sadism (n.)
sexual pleasure obtained by inflicting harm (physical or psychological) on others;
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