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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: sa'dizm, sad'izm

Definition: A form of perversion, often sexual in nature, in which a person finds pleasure in inflicting abuse and maltreatment.

[Marquis de Sade, 1740–1814, confessedly addicted to the practice]

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