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Meaning of sadism

sa•dism

Pronunciation: (sā'diz-um, sad'iz-), [key]
— n.
  1. sexual gratification gained through causing pain or degradation to others. Cf.
  2. any enjoyment in being cruel.
  3. extreme cruelty.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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