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'That idiot has finally been fired?'

DEFINITION: n. A mixture of delight and guilt felt when a colleague, whom you despise, suffers a misfortune. v. To feel bad about feeling good when something bad happens to someone who is definitely not good.

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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: e/lay/shame

Sentence: "There's Joe that no good rotten pig. I wish he would die!!!" thought Jenny as Joe entered the office. At that moment, Joe tripped, fell and hit his head. Jenny was shocked, surprised and filled with elatshame.

Etymology: ELATSHAME - noun - from - ELATION (an exhilarating psychological state) + SHAME (the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, or improper)


terrific - Jabberwocky, 2008-06-16: 12:33:00

too bad jenny mistook joe for george. - stache, 2008-06-16: 23:59:00


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Created by: chaok

Pronunciation: oh-brah-gihlt

Sentence: I felt obraguilt when I heard that my boss was fired.

Etymology: "obra-" comes from "Obratna", which, according to google translate, is macedonian for "reverse". Guilt comes from a word that means "sin, crime, fault" in old english.

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: hap-pity

Sentence: Lucy was overcome with happityness when her nemesis, Brittany, fell face down on the 50 yard line in front of the whole school and broke her tiara. On one hand, it was terrible that someone sabotaged the float she was riding on. On the other hand, just because she was the homecoming queen, head cheerleader, class president, valedictorian, pretty, popular and dating Brad the quarterback -- who did she think she was, anyway?

Etymology: happy (happiness) + pity


Chuckle! - splendiction, 2009-10-09: 22:02:00


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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: doo/pli/si/glee

Sentence: She had a difficult time hiding her dupliciglee when the office know it all got the boot

Etymology: duplicity + glee (deceitful happiness)


petaj I really want to condolight with you on the success of this word ;-) - petaj, 2007-03-25: 04:01:00


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Created by: erasmus

Pronunciation: glee guilt

Sentence: Francis was terrible for suffering gleeguilt.

Etymology: from glee and guilt.

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: con-dole-ite

Sentence: Kerry was conflicted when her nemesis was infected with anthrax. She visited her in hospital to condolight with her.

Etymology: condole (express sympathy) + delight (pleasure)


very nice Petaj - Jabberwocky, 2007-03-23: 11:05:00

great word!! - porsche, 2007-03-23: 14:58:00

petaj Inspired by Jane Austen - all those in Meriton who wanted to condole with the Bennetts while revelling in the juicy gossip about Lydia's elopement. - petaj, 2007-03-25: 04:12:00

Oh... And here I was looking for the Rice ref..(Condi, not Anne...:-) - Alchemist, 2007-03-25: 09:33:00

a word you might find in a Jasper Fforde novel - Jabberwocky, 2007-03-26: 09:06:00


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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /sməˈkaʊskəpəˌθi/

Sentence: I was filled with smykowskipathy, for it was the only time the judge's decided in my favor and als the only time that I didn't deserve it.

Etymology: From Tom Smykowski (the annoying coworker from _Office Space_ who suffers a nasty accident) and -pathy (as in sympathy and empathy)

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Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /kahr-muh-LEV-uh-lents/

Sentence: Almost all of the women in the office thought Dean, the assistant manager, was a cheauvanistic jerk — he was just a creep. When he was eventually fired, he was escorted out of the office by security, his box of belongings in-hand. As the door closed behind him, everyone exchanged surprized glances, but a couple of the women recognized the look of karmalevolence on Jennifer's face. She was ecstatic that he was gone, but she suddenly wondered if any of her complaints to HR had anything to do with it... and if he had any kids. 'Oh well', she thought, as she marked a big smiley face on today's date on her desk calendar.

Etymology: Karma - in Buddhism, the sum of a person's actions in one life, which determine his form in the next (from Sanskrit, karman "action, fate") + Malevolence - feeling of ill will toward another person or thing (from Latin, malevolentem "bad wish")


Great blend. - OZZIEBOB, 2008-06-17: 02:55:00


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Created by: Sissyphus


Sentence: Martin lost his job because of the fight we had when he was working... in a way I feel bad, but the vooblue is leading me towards a celebratory drink..


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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-03-23: 00:57:00
Today's definition was suggested by Discoveria.
Thank you Discoveria! ~ James

Discoveria - 2007-03-23: 10:56:00
That was quick...

ErWenn - 2007-03-23: 10:56:00
Don't really know how to top schuldeshadenfreude here.

mplsbohemian - 2007-03-24: 22:20:00
The trouble is that there is a word for this in English: schadenfreude.

Discoveria - 2007-03-26: 12:07:00
I've been told already. catgrin and James decided that schadenfreude refers to the satisfaction, and this verboticism refers to feeling guilt over having that satisfaction.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-03-26: 23:54:00
Hey mplsbohemian, Alchemist summed it up nicely with etymology for Guiltenfreude: "schadenfreude (pleasure at the misfortune of others) with guilt."

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-10-09: 00:12:00
Today's definition was suggested by Discoveria. Thank you Discoveria. ~ James