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This question asks for an idiom for someone getting what they deserve. But what about the feeling one gets when someone else gets "what they deserve"? Is there a specific word or expression for the good feeling you get when justice is served?

marked as duplicate by vickyace, user140086, Mazura, tchrist single-word-requests Jun 1 '16 at 4:56

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  • Depending on whether you love or hate, support or jeopardize and likewise, there are many possibilities. – vickyace May 31 '16 at 9:10
  • @Rathony I've made it clearer – Artefacto May 31 '16 at 9:11
  • Bob commits a crime. Bob deserves punishment and he gets it. On hearing about Bob, Marley feels (word). Is that what you meant? Now, is the feeling sad or happy? – NVZ May 31 '16 at 9:32
  • @NVZ Yes, it is – Artefacto May 31 '16 at 9:36
  • @NVZ Sorry, that's something you edited in afterwards right? Anyway, she's feeling happy: "good feeling you get when justice is served" – Artefacto May 31 '16 at 9:48

Albeit only negative...


noun 1. satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.


Some I would use:


fulfilment of one's wishes, expectations, or needs, or the pleasure derived from this.


a great victory or achievement.


pleasure, especially when gained from the satisfaction of a desire.

Although it would no longer be a single word, you could prefix these with something like Karmic to really enforce the reason behind the feeling.

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