sexual sadism

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A paraphilia characterized by recurrent, intense sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviour involving the subjection of another person to pain, humiliation, bondage, or some other form of physical or psychological suffering. Also called sadism, a term introduced by the German neurologist and sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840–1902) in his book Psychopathia Sexualis (1886). See also fusion of instincts. Compare sexual masochism. [Named after the French writer Comte Donatien François de Sade (1740–1814), also known as Marquis de Sade, who described it in his novels, notably Les 120 Journées de Sodome (1785, The 120 Days of Sodom) and Juliette (1796)]

Subjects: Psychology.

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