gloat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gloat dwell on with satisfaction
    • v gloat gaze at or think about something with great self-satisfaction, gratification, or joy
    • n gloat malicious satisfaction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gloat To gaze with malignant satisfaction; to exult maliciously, sometimes also triumphantly, in another's loss or discomfort; -- usually in a bad sense.
    • v. i Gloat To look steadfastly; to gaze earnestly; to gaze with passionate desire, lust, or avarice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gloat To cast a sidelong glance or ray; look furtively.
    • gloat To stare; gaze intently; specifically, to dwell or ponder with pleasure, as upon something that gratifies an evil passion or a corrupt propensity: as, to gloat over the corpse of an enemy; to gloat upon a lascivious spectacle; to gloat over the ruin of a rival.
    • gloat Synonyms 2. Gaze, etc. See stare.
    • gloat To convey by a look or a glance.
    • n gloat A local English name for a variety of eel, of medium size and dark color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gloat glōt to look eagerly, in a bad sense: to view with a wicked joy.
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Quotations

  • Marie Carmichael Stopes
    Marie Carmichael Stopes
    “An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to Icel. glotta, to smile scornfully, G. glotzen, to gloat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. glotta, to grin.

Usage

In literature:

How some of those eyes must have gloated out their green leering!
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
His partner, gloating over him, smoked faster now.
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
Fraisier gloated over his triumph.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
One would have said that the man was gloating over the boy's misfortune, but the boy understood.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
But those evil geniuses were still at work for further torture, or at least to gloat over Jones' misery.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Go now, when the traitor whose life you saved is gloating over his spoil in his castle walls.
"The Lord of Dynevor" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Passion choked, his gloating eyes burned with the mere lust of the "sooty Moor" for that white creature of Venice.
"Stage Confidences" by Clara Morris
Scattergood gloated over it.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
She might be left alone to gloat over her revenge, while patriots made merry over their drinking.
"The Light That Lures" by Percy Brebner
How I gloated over his ample roundness, his rich undulations!
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
For, instead of gloating over objections and picking out what petty enigmas may not be readily soluble, Mr.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
I gloated over the thought.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I. February, 1862, No. II." by Various
I gloated over the beautiful spectacle while the sun was setting.
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
On every face was an expression of gloating expectancy.
"Triple Spies" by Roy J. Snell
Let people find anything to gloat over in her appearance, if they could.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
And he gloated over the thought of being again in London, but this time with much money at his command.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
She had come there, she told herself, to triumph, to gloat.
"The Necromancers" by Robert Hugh Benson
While he unsheathed his hunting knife, he gloated over the feast he would have, that night.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
It seemed less a threat for the future than a gloating over some evil already done.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
Clarence gloated over the little white pots, and was never tired of counting them.
"Clover" by Susan Coolidge
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In poetry:

“Behold him, my Sister immortal,
And doubt that he knoweth his shame,
Who raves in the shadow for sweetness,
And gloats on the ghost of a flame!
"Safi" by Henry Kendall
See the beast! Lo! his eye-balls yet burn,
On his prey he still gloats, with a yawn,
Yet the woman he does not discern;
And her bow is undauntedly drawn.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
This sweetest of songsters sits beside
Every hearth in this Christian land,
Ever so humble or never so grand,
Gloating o'er crumbs which many a hand
Gathers to nourish it, far and wide.
"A Little Bird That Everybody Knows" by Frances Fuller Victor
A sign I saw: A ROOM TO LET.
It had a musty, dusty smell;
It gloated gloom, it growled and yet
Somehow I felt I liked it well.
I paid the rent a month ahead:
That night I smoked my pipe in bed.
"The Mystery Of Mister Smith" by Robert W Service
One! Two! Three! Oh, the horror of sound!
While she danced I was crushing his throat.
He had tasted the joy of her, wound
Round her body, and I heard him gloat
On the favour. That instant I smote.
One! Two! Three! How the dancers swirl round!
"After Hearing A Waltz" by Amy Lowell
And I was as she who danced when the Seas were rended asunder
And stood, until Egypt pressed in to be drowned unto death.
My breasts were as fire with the glory, the rocks that were under
My feet grew quick with the gloating that beat in my breath.
"Jael" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

The gloating left tastes stunning, bitter defeat.
Obama aims high but doesn't gloat.
Bruce Arena didn't know whether to gloat or sigh.
Bruce Arena didn’t know whether to gloat or sigh.
Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy missed an opportunity to gloat Sunday when he left the locker room before the media entered.
Neither the Arizona Cardinals nor the Philadelphia Eagles is gloating these days.
Obama Gloating, Biden Buffing, Fiscal Cliff Looming , And So Much More.
This is no time to gloat No, wait, this is the perfect time to gloat.
(AP) — Josh Freeman resists any temptation to gloat when he talks about the sudden emergence of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense, insisting he doesn't pay attention to critics.
My mother always warned me not to be too prideful, not to gloat.
A judge voided approval for a new mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Two years after a county planning commission gave its permission, and foes of the project are gloating.
Since Miami eliminated me from my suicide pool the same week I decided to write/gloat about it, I'm now in practice mode for next year.
I'm not a guy who likes to gloat, but told ya' so.
Some Democrats have gloated, and some Republicans have made excuses.
We're searching our souls and we're wondering why We got beat so badly our rivals are gloating.
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