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synonyms for sadism

  • malice
  • cruelty
  • masochism
  • sadomasochism
See also synonyms for: sadistic / sadist
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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.
RUTGER BREGMAN ON WHY HE HAS FAITH IN HUMANITYRYAN KROGHMAY 11, 2021OUTSIDE ONLINE
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.
JOE IDE’S IQ SERIES CONTINUES WITH THE IDIOSYNCRATIC MARVEL ‘SMOKE’MAUREEN CORRIGANFEBRUARY 26, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Sadism, as we know, played a prominent part in both the French and Russian revolutions.
SECRET SOCIETIES AND SUBVERSIVE MOVEMENTSNESTA H. WEBSTER
I suspect that under many of our professed principles there lurk elements of unconscious sadism and masochism.
THE BEHAVIOR OF CROWDSEVERETT DEAN MARTIN
Thus in a great many quite famous works of art there will be found an element of sadism.
THE COMPLEX VISIONJOHN COWPER POWYS
Sadism is for a long time restrained by fear, education or moral sentiments.
THE SEXUAL QUESTIONAUGUST FOREL
Sadism appears to be most often an effect of hereditary alcoholic blastophthoria.
THE SEXUAL QUESTIONAUGUST FOREL
The character of Madame Chantelouve is an attempt, probably the first in literature, to diagnose a case of Sadism in a woman.
FIGURES OF SEVERAL CENTURIESARTHUR SYMONS
Krafft-Ebing attributes the cruelty found in many religions to sadism (sexual lust excited by the sufferings of others).
THE SEXUAL QUESTIONAUGUST FOREL
These mixtures of sadism and masochism have been investigated by Schrenk Notzing, who concludes that they are intimately related.
THE SEXUAL QUESTIONAUGUST FOREL
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WORDS RELATED TO SADISM

  • atrocity
  • barbarism
  • barbarity
  • bloodthirstiness
  • brutishness
  • choke hold
  • cruelty
  • ferocity
  • fierceness
  • grossness
  • inhumanity
  • ruthlessness
  • sadism
  • savageness
  • savagery
  • third degree
  • unfeelingness
  • viciousness
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.