Sadism Law and Legal Definition

Sadism is a type of personality disorder. Sadism denotes conduct that exceeds that which is inherent in the commission of the offense. Sadism is grouped with torture, excessive brutality, and conduct designed to substantially increase the fear and anxiety a victim suffered during the offense.

The following is an example of a state statute defining sadism:

‘Sadism means conduct that subjects a victim to extreme or prolonged pain or humiliation and is inflicted to produce suffering or for the offender's gratification.’ [MCLS § 777.37]