I am looking for a word or excellent, catchy description for a situation in which a person (A) feels a sense of satisfaction at another (B) having to obey the same rules as them, and the suffering that this causes, as well as feeling a corresponding discomfort or jealousy over the possibility of B not obeying/suffering in the same way as A.

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    Also, "misery loves company". That is, we're "happier" (or at least bear it better) being miserable if someone else is just as miserable. Apr 1, 2015 at 7:16
  • "He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished" (Proverbs 17:5). Also, "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stubles; Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him" (Proverbs 24:19). Apr 1, 2015 at 11:10

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Well, schadenfreude technically does fit the meaning you require, but since you need another word, how about, epicaricacy?


enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

However the term is much more obscure than schadenfreude, and isn't in any major dictionaries.

For the other meaning you request, I think bitterness might work.


anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment.

So, a combination of the two would come really close to the meaning you want.

bitter schadenfreude, or bitter epicaricacy

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