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1. Enjoyment or satisfaction derived from observing the suffering of others.
2. A violent public spectacle or disturbance in which shame, degradation, or physical harm is intentionally inflicted on one person or group by another.
[From the bloody gladiatorial contests staged as entertainment for the ancient Romans.]
entertainment or pleasure that depends on the suffering of others
[C19: from Byron's poem Childe Harold (IV, 141)]
1. a riotous public disturbance, often marked by wanton destruction and licentiousness.
2. pleasure or entertainment obtained from the discomfort or suffering of others.
Roman holiday- Enjoyment or profit derived from others' discomfort or suffering, based on the gladiator matches enjoyed by ancient Romans.
See also related terms for profit.