I'm looking for a word to describe someone who derives a feeling of glee from the success of intentionally hurting someone, and getting away with it.

The closest I can articulate this is as the attitude of someone who exhibits duper's delight.

"Duper's delight" is the delight that people feel when they deceive others.

But "duper's delight" is a phrase and not a word, describes a feeling and not a person, and doesn't have the element of cruelty.

The word I'm looking for is close to sadistic, but with a smug, gleeful attitude and childish impudence to it.

  • Like cruel? – Jim Jun 10 '17 at 4:18
  • Can the downvoter explain the downvote? – sorbet Jun 10 '17 at 8:01
  • Feindish seems close. – Steve Lovell Jun 10 '17 at 10:51
  • Unless I missed something vital, not a word in the detail has anything to do with any attitude of smug cruelty. Did I miss something there, or what, please? Duper's delight is all about deceit, isn’t it? What has deceit to do with either smugness or cruelty? I don’t go in for that kind of fun but doesn’t sadistic include a smug, gleeful attitude? – Robbie Goodwin Jun 20 '17 at 20:46


Pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.

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    Schadenfreude is a great word; but it doesn't suggest that the person enjoying the misfortune caused it. Not like a practical joker who thinks it's funny that he caused you to fall and hurt yourself. – Xanne Jun 10 '17 at 4:09
  • @Xanne Right you are. It's quite hard to find an apropos word that fits all the conditions. Sadomasochism might suggest that one enjoys the pleasure of hurting others, but it also suggests that the one who causes the harm enjoys the reciprocal hurt as well—usually in a sexual context. – Xipu Li Jun 10 '17 at 4:14

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