- To feel or express great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction: Don't gloat over your rival's misfortune.
- To look at or think about with great or excessive, often smug or malicious, satisfaction: The opposing team gloated over our bad luck.
But even in those definitions, the definition itself seems slightly different from their examples. You can take great pleasure, even malicious pleasure, in your own fortune without considering a rival's misfortune, can't you?
I think gloat is similar to epicaricacy or Schadenfreude, but the difference is that Schadenfreude and epicaricacy are all about taking pleasure in another's misfortune, while gloating is all about taking excessive pleasure in your own success. Interestingly, neither Schadenfreude nor gloat are in Dictionary.com's thesaurus; I wanted to see if gloat would be listed as a synonym for Schadenfreude.
I have to thank Bob, though, for the astute observation. What are your thoughts?