Is there any word or phrase or idiom that describes a person who takes the pleasure from the misfortunes of others?


Sadomasochist is a person one who derives pleasure by inflicting harm on others

Also, I think Schadenfreude can be used.

It means satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune - dictionary.com

Example: Still, Clinton aides exulted in schadenfreude when their enemies faltered.

Epicaricacy can also be used.

  • Shanmuganthan I feel your answer doesn't answer what a person for whom 'pleasure is derived by from another person's misfortune' is called. Just now I don't know either. I shall try to find out.
    – Livrecache
    Dec 1 '17 at 12:22
  • If you wanted a word for the individual rather than the emotion, "epicaricacist" might do the job. It's offered as an answer to the same question in this thread.
    – jsheeran
    Dec 1 '17 at 12:38
  • @Livrecache Edited! Dec 1 '17 at 12:41
  • 2
    I think Schadenfreude is exactly right in this case. You could use the phrase malicious glee though as a possible alternative.
    – Lee Leon
    Dec 1 '17 at 13:01

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