Does gloat mean to take pleasure in the misfortune of others or pain of others?
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- ZapataLv 66 months ago
Not specifically, although it is often used that way.. Properly, it means to show boastful and conceited pleasure at your own successes.
- JOHNLv 76 months ago
The word 'schaudenfreude', which derives from the German, but has long since been naturalised into English, expresses the meaning you cite exactly. The meaning of 'gloat' overlaps with that of schaudenfreude, but is not coextensive with it. One online dictionary I've looked up has as the definition of 'gloat' " to dwell on one's own success or another's misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure", and I think this expresses the meaning very well.
- sparrowLv 76 months ago
That's not really what it means. Gloat can mean feeling pleasure, but it could
be over something simple like: "I was right and you were wrong."
So that's not really the misfortune of someone else.
I would describe it as a self-centered, devious pleasure.
- bluebellbkkLv 76 months ago
No, not necessarily. One can gloat without anyone else being at a disadvantage.
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- curtisports2Lv 76 months ago
No. The word for that is schadenfreude. To gloat means to take an oversized measure of pleasure at one's own triumphs over others. To gloat is to be overly boastful, to have an air of superiority about you.
- busterwasmycatLv 76 months ago
sort of, yes. it tends to carry an added idea of making the victim of your action aware of your pleasure in their misfortune. It isn't really gloating unless you are openly declaring a derision at the misfortune of the other.
- NosehairLv 76 months ago
No it is to observe or think about something with triumphant and often malicious satisfaction, gratification, or delight
- Anonymous6 months ago
The German word Schadenfreude express it better.
- Little Big ManLv 76 months ago
Yes it does my friend.