Is there a word for taking delight in being made angry?

It seems like in today's Twitterverse of "gotcha politics" this word should exist, my friend suggested coining the word "Shadenfervor" but it doesn't quite fit the task at hand.

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    The question "is there a word for being trolled" has the same answer. – MetaEd Oct 8 '15 at 22:42
  • ... outrageous? – jxh Oct 9 '15 at 0:42
  • Does it have to be a single word? – Mitch Oct 9 '15 at 14:04
  • @Mitch preferably. I'm not sure a perfect word exists, but that is what I'm lookin' for – InfernalRapture Oct 9 '15 at 14:33

The terms anger-affinity or anger-empowerment are terms that describe exactly that. Per Merriam-Webster ...

affinity : a liking for or an attraction to something

empowerment : to give power to (someone)


  • anger-affinity describes somebody who is attracted to anger
  • anger-empowerment describes somebody who is empowered (gains power) from anger

Unrelated, but the above terms are also refer to The Hulk/Bruce Banner, as it is his ability to gain more strength when he is angry. So basically, it isn't a serious term (it's a fun one movie reference), which is why I think it's well suited to Twitter and its gotcha-politics.

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This concept is gaining attention.

Here's a very good talk talk I suggest watching if you're interested. How one tweet can ruin your life - Jon Ronson.

The terms I'd suggest are:

I think outrage indulegence or outrage addiction best describes the concept - people getting enjoyment by being outraged and thus feeling morally superior to the target of outrage.

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  • It's closer than the other answer, but it's not quite there. Still, "outrage indulgence" is one I'll keep in mind. – InfernalRapture Oct 9 '15 at 14:39

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