Verboticism: Karmalevolence

'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: 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")

Points: 1034

Comments: Karmalevolence

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