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'That idiot has finally been fired?'

DEFINITION: n. A mixture of delight and guilt felt when a colleague, whom you despise, suffers a misfortune. v. To feel bad about feeling good when something bad happens to someone who is definitely not good.

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Created by: ozzymars




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Created by: WindingRoad

Pronunciation: MAL-trahy-uhmf

Sentence: Betty squirmed with maltriumph upon hearing about Greg's demotion.

Etymology: Mal (from L malignus [bad]) + triumph (from ME triumphe [victory])

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Created by: ABunnell


Sentence: You know you were kooney when she got fired.


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Created by: BlossomFlower

Pronunciation: Gill-appy



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Created by: Alchemist

Pronunciation: GILT-ehn-froyd

Sentence: When Larry the office woethario fell down the steps, Susan was stricken with guiltenfreude. She wanted to cheer, and knew she would have to go to confession for feeling that way...

Etymology: schadenfreude (pleasure at the misfortune of others) with guilt.


petaj Susan probably Jung her head in shame, and ate her favourite comfort food Pavlova to get over it. - petaj, 2007-03-23: 03:11:00

After she had her nosh, she Alder Goethe church, but she Kant, having recently come to doubt the whole issue of transnubstantiation. Poor Susan, she just needs a little zensistence. - Alchemist, 2007-03-23: 07:39:00

The gold maker has completely lost me. How many more unoriginals will go down the whole Schadenfreude or sad- route? Sorry, my subconscious says I'm craving sexual attention... - Bulletchewer, 2007-03-23: 10:54:00

Jung, Pavlov, Freud, Alder, Kant, and Goethe all major contributers to psychology/psychiatry. and actually it is tough to improve on schadenfreude, it is such a great word already... - Alchemist, 2007-03-23: 15:16:00

I do wonder if your Guiltenfreunde is that married chick you're seeing on the side... - catgrin, 2007-03-23: 19:21:00

And there was deluded old me thinking Goethe was the German Shakespeare and Kant a philospher. I always had "Schade" as meaning "shame", so your word is pretty much the same as Schadenfreude. - Bulletchewer, 2007-03-23: 20:24:00

From wikipedia for "Gestalt" - The idea of Gestalt has its roots in theories by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Immanuel Kant, and Ernst Mach. Also, the roots of of schadenfreude are as follows: Schaden means "harm" and freude means "joy"...perhaps you have heard of "the google"... - Alchemist, 2007-03-23: 21:37:00

So Kant and Goethe as "major contributors" to psychology is misleading. Jung and Freud, they are "major"; but Goethe and Kant are primarily writers/philosophers with much broader interests. And "Schade" (n denotes plural) has connotations of pity/shame and does not merely mean "harm". - Bulletchewer, 2007-03-24: 06:57:00

sorry you don't agree that gestalt psychology was a major development. connotations of pity/shame (not guilt) are not supported by linguistic origins...I think you are guiltenfreude of purple voodoo on this... - Alchemist, 2007-03-24: 14:48:00

petaj Hull! who'd have thought a little jest would get Bulletchewer ready for a Rogers. Maybe a little Gardnering might relieve the Strauss ;-) - petaj, 2007-03-25: 04:31:00

petaj Oh and that's Anselm not Johann or Richard. - petaj, 2007-03-25: 04:35:00

Schade dass du kein Deutsch versteht! Being minor contribitors to a theory which is so important most people have never heard of it hardly makes you a major piece on the chessboard of psychology. Hell it barely makes you a pawn. Seriously, check the German again. Why do they say "Schade" to mean "what a pity"? Oh sorry, you're the expert on all things Deutsch, so I must be wrong. - Bulletchewer, 2007-03-25: 06:37:00

And *I* say that forty-TWO angels can dance on the head of a pin!!! So there! - Alchemist, 2007-03-25: 09:22:00


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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /kahr-muh-LEV-uh-lents/

Sentence: Almost all of the women in the office thought Dean, the assistant manager, was a cheauvanistic jerk — he was just a creep. When he was eventually fired, he was escorted out of the office by security, his box of belongings in-hand. As the door closed behind him, everyone exchanged surprized glances, but a couple of the women recognized the look of karmalevolence on Jennifer's face. She was ecstatic that he was gone, but she suddenly wondered if any of her complaints to HR had anything to do with it... and if he had any kids. 'Oh well', she thought, as she marked a big smiley face on today's date on her desk calendar.

Etymology: Karma - in Buddhism, the sum of a person's actions in one life, which determine his form in the next (from Sanskrit, karman "action, fate") + Malevolence - feeling of ill will toward another person or thing (from Latin, malevolentem "bad wish")


Great blend. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-17: 02:55:00


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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: foh - moshun - ul

Sentence: Genevieve felt foemotional when Sally lost her job. Even though she was her colleague, Genevieve did not like her and pretended to be sad when she cleaned out her desk...

Etymology: foe, emotional

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: hap-pity

Sentence: Lucy was overcome with happityness when her nemesis, Brittany, fell face down on the 50 yard line in front of the whole school and broke her tiara. On one hand, it was terrible that someone sabotaged the float she was riding on. On the other hand, just because she was the homecoming queen, head cheerleader, class president, valedictorian, pretty, popular and dating Brad the quarterback -- who did she think she was, anyway?

Etymology: happy (happiness) + pity


Chuckle! - splendiction, 2009-10-09: 22:02:00


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Created by: stache

Pronunciation: mə-lěk'stə-sē

Sentence: When her a-hole neighbor Mark slipped on his icy front walk, Lana couldn't help giggling like a schoolgirl with malecstasy.

Etymology: malicious, malignant ecstacy

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Created by: joshms

Pronunciation: de-guilt

Sentence: Sandra had got him fired yet felt bad too. She was suffering with a classic case of deguilt.


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-03-23: 00:57:00
Today's definition was suggested by Discoveria.
Thank you Discoveria! ~ James

Discoveria - 2007-03-23: 10:56:00
That was quick...

ErWenn - 2007-03-23: 10:56:00
Don't really know how to top schuldeshadenfreude here.

mplsbohemian - 2007-03-24: 22:20:00
The trouble is that there is a word for this in English: schadenfreude.

Discoveria - 2007-03-26: 12:07:00
I've been told already. catgrin and James decided that schadenfreude refers to the satisfaction, and this verboticism refers to feeling guilt over having that satisfaction.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-03-26: 23:54:00
Hey mplsbohemian, Alchemist summed it up nicely with etymology for Guiltenfreude: "schadenfreude (pleasure at the misfortune of others) with guilt."

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-10-09: 00:12:00
Today's definition was suggested by Discoveria. Thank you Discoveria. ~ James