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Headword: Ἐπιχαιρεκακία
Adler number: epsilon,2767
Translated headword: spite, Schadenfreude
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] pleasure at the misfortunes of others. That is how the philosophers [sc. use the term.[1]
Greek Original:
Ἐπιχαιρεκακία: ἡδονὴ ἐπ' ἀλλοτρίοις κακοῖς. οὕτως οἱ φιλόσοφοι.
Notes:
[1] Diogenes Laertius 7.114. Compare Cicero's definition of malevolentia in Tusculan Disputations 4.9.20: 'voluptas ex malo alterius sine emolumento suo'.
See also in the discussion of pleasures at eta 97; and for the cognate adjective (as the title of a comic play) tau 623.
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; philosophy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 December 2002@23:56:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 17 December 2002@03:52:50.
David Whitehead (expanded note; added a keyword) on 2 March 2006@07:28:46.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 12 November 2007@01:00:59.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 13 February 2008@09:21:42.
David Whitehead on 22 October 2012@08:36:51.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 12 November 2017@01:46:58.

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