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Definition of sadism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    sadism

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈseɪdɪzəm//
     
    , NAmE//ˈsædɪzəm//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1enjoyment from watching or making someone suffer There's a streak of sadism in his nature.
  2. 2a need to hurt someone in order to get sexual pleasure compare masochism
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sadism