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“Schadenfreudian Slip” – Inadvertent irony entering into statements of condolence or sympathy meant to be sincere, but corrupted by an unconscious wish to see another come to harm, and the pleasure occasioned thereby.

An imperfect, but famous example of this occurred during the battle for the nomination to the candidacy for the presidency between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Ms. Clinton, under pressure to withdraw from the race she seemed clearly to be losing, said, “Robert Kennedy didn’t get assassinated until June,” clearly implying an unconscious wish for some harm to befall Mr. Obama. The example is imperfect because her pleasure is anticipatory, rather than after the fact, as would be the case in a classic Schadenfreudian Slip.

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