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noun as in perversion

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Speaking out about his portrayal of Maar, Picasso revealed, “For years I gave her a tortured appearance, not out of Sadism, and without any pleasure on my part, but in obedience to a vision that had imposed itself on me.”

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When you research wars, for example, you find that most soldiers didn’t fight in the name of sadism or some kind of ideology—they just didn’t want to let their friends down.

Dodson’s adventures in Don Draper-land are a welcome antidote to the all-too-vivid sadism of the serial killer loose in Coronado Springs.

Julian Fellowes can save his show by offing the target of his sadism.

Obama processes his sadism to the point where he gets somewhat more acceptable.

The over-reaction, the lack of professionalism, the random sadism of this boggles the mind.

But the existence of sadism is a part of the human condition that is both universal and universally hard to acknowledge.

But we must confront our sadism to protect ourselves from it.

Sadism, as we know, played a prominent part in both the French and Russian revolutions.

I suspect that under many of our professed principles there lurk elements of unconscious sadism and masochism.

Thus in a great many quite famous works of art there will be found an element of sadism.

Sadism is for a long time restrained by fear, education or moral sentiments.

Sadism appears to be most often an effect of hereditary alcoholic blastophthoria.

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On this page you'll find 9 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to sadism, such as: malice, cruelty, masochism, and sadomasochism.

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