Gloat

usgb/ɡləʊt/Volume
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Negative ConnotationPlay
Using 'gloat' often implies taking pleasure in others' misfortune, which is viewed negatively. SlideIt's considered rude to gloat when someone else loses a game.
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SchadenfreudePlay
'Gloat' captures the sense of 'Schadenfreude,' a German word for joy at someone else's troubles. SlideHe couldn't help but gloat at his competitor's predicament.
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Not for SympathyPlay
Avoid 'gloat' when you aim to express sympathy or genuine concern; it's the opposite. SlidePeople were upset when he decided to gloat instead of offering comfort.