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One word to denote a person who derives pleasure from another's misfortune?

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Not sure if sadist could work in this context but it is close. – Mohit Feb 8 '13 at 6:40
A sadist is active and possibly the perpetrator of the misfortune. He is not passive like someone enjoying watching people's misfurtunes – mplungjan Feb 8 '13 at 6:57
I like "sociopath" in this case. "Barbarian" and "troglodyte" also work. – user21497 Feb 8 '13 at 7:01
@mplungjan: True enough, but it doesn't have to, does it? I suppose we could coin "schadenfreudean" and maybe even "schadenjungian" and "schadenmarxian". :-) – user21497 Feb 8 '13 at 7:09
Possible duplicate of english.stackexchange.com/questions/43771/… – Kristina Lopez Feb 8 '13 at 10:55

Gloater: One who feels or expresses triumphant and malicious satisfaction at another's misfortune.

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thanks! I think gloater fits perfectly – user37284 Feb 8 '13 at 7:07
I don't think gloating relates to satisfaction at another's misfortune. It relates to the overt show of superiority over the loser when they've 'won' or proven the 'loser' wrong. – Jim Feb 8 '13 at 7:14
From wikipedia: Gloating is differentiated from Schadenfreude in that it does not necessarily require malice (one may gloat to a friend about having defeated him in a game without ill intent) and that it describes an action rather than a state of mind (one typically gloats to the subject of the misfortune or to a third party). – mplungjan Feb 8 '13 at 7:17

Sadist: One who derives pleasure through cruelty or pain to others.

The literal definition has a strong physical connotation to it, but the term does often get used loosely.

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A sadist is actively inflicting cruelty. Someone gloating over other's misfortune is likely passively doing so – mplungjan Feb 8 '13 at 6:58
You're referring to the literal definition. I offered and qualified my answer as useful as used more loosely (which the word often is, at least in the states). – DuckMaestro Feb 8 '13 at 8:01
+1, MW,2: delight in cruelty. No mention of who's doing it or how. – Mazura May 16 '15 at 1:50

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