Meaning of “sadism” in the English Dictionary

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"sadism" in British English

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sadismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈseɪ.dɪ.zəm/ us /ˈsæd.ɪ.zəm/

the activity of getting pleasure, sometimes sexual, from being cruel to or hurting another person

(Definition of “sadism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)