Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What is the Latin for schadenfreude?

What is the Latin for schadenfreude? From Commentarii de Bello Gallico [Commentaries on the Gallic War] by Julius Caesar.
Book I, Ch. 14.
Consuesse enim deos immortales, quo gravius homines ex commutatione rerum doleant, quos pro scelere eorum ulcisci velint, his secundiores interdum res et diuturniorem impunitatem concedere.

The immortal gods are wont to allow those persons whom they wish to punish for their guilt sometimes a greater prosperity and longer impunity, in order that they may suffer the more severely from a reverse of circumstances.

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