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Negative ConnotationPlay
The word 'sadistic' has a strong negative connotation and implies extreme cruelty. SlideThe judge condemned the sadistic nature of the crime.
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Using 'sadistic' inappropriately can offend, so reserve it for clear-cut cases of cruelty. SlideHe wasn't just strict; his sadistic methods terrified us.
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Hyperbolic UsagePlay
'Sadistic' is sometimes used hyperbolically to refer to lesser forms of meanness. SlideStop being sadistic by hiding my glasses just for fun.