Sadist vs Psycho - What's the difference?

sadist | psycho |

As nouns the difference between sadist and psycho

is that sadist is sadist while psycho is (pejorative|slang) a person who is psychotic or otherwise insane.

As an adjective psycho is

(colloquial|or|pejorative) psychotic, or otherwise insane.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • One who derives pleasure through cruelty or pain to others.
  • Derived terms

    * sadistic

    See also

    * masochist




    (en adjective)
  • (colloquial, or, pejorative) Psychotic, or otherwise insane.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (pejorative, slang) A person who is psychotic or otherwise insane.
  • The loony bin up on the hill is full of psychos .
  • (pejorative, slang) A person who acts in a bizarre or dangerous manner.
  • She complained that he was a psycho for driving at such a high speed in heavy traffic.
  • (informal) A class, at a college or university, in which psychology is taught.
  • "I've got anthro, socio, lunch, and psycho."


    * (pejorative for a pyschotic or otherwise insane person) freak, loony, nutcase, wacko * (pejorative for a person acting in a bizarre or dangerous manner) creep, freak, loose cannon, weirdo