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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sadism mean? 

SADISM (noun)
  The noun SADISM has 1 sense:

1. sexual pleasure obtained by inflicting harm (physical or psychological) on others

  Familiarity information: SADISM used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SADISM (noun)

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Sexual pleasure obtained by inflicting harm (physical or psychological) on others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("sadism" is a kind of...):

sexual pleasure (pleasure derived from sexual activities)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sadism"):

sadomasochism (sadism and masochism combined in one person)

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