Sadism(redirected from Donatien Alphonse Francois Sade)
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in medicine, a sexual perversion in which sexual satisfaction is achieved by causing the partner psychological (through degradation or humiliation) or physical suffering. It is named for the French writer the Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), who in his novels described sexual crimes connected with acts of violence and cruelty. In the figurative sense, sadism is an abnormal passion for cruelty or taking pleasure in the sufferings of others.