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What English word means "I am happy for you!"?
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2011/09/01
3:30am
CheddarMelt
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SkyPiercer said:

You've already found that answer when you first started but it seems like you are a bit blind to see it. You see the definition of sincere is :honest and unaffected in a way that shows what is said is really meant. But it means a different thing when you use it as a feeling, which means to feel happy for someone.

And if you need any proof just realize that when you write a letter and you end your enclosure with Sincerely, you truly mean "best of luck".


First, welcome. I see this is your first post.

Second, we do not insult each other on this forum. I take umbrage on behalf of the OP. The minute you resort to an ad hominem, I consider you to have lost the debate.

Third, I have checked several online dictionaries and have not found your meaning of "sincere" in any of them. Please cite a source.

2011/09/01
5:37am
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One can be sincerely outraged by another's behavior or words. In English, sincere does not necessarily apply only to a positive feeling: it applies to negative feelings as well. I find no evidence that the sincerely at the end of a letter means "best of luck." In contemporary thinking, it underscores the sentiments expressed and statements made within the letter. You can sign a vitriolic missive with the word sincerely, and that without the slightest hint of irony. Not so with best of luck.

2011/09/01
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As you can see I've already predicted your actions before you even make them. It's very funny how people in this world is so stubborn that it blinds them from the truth. No one can ever take advice from an insult, they just close their minds and immediately assume the answer is wrong because their own pride is hurt.

Psychologically, I've already control your emotions with just my words. The capacity of a mind works that way. I am truly "Sincere" to the lack of experience. Ignorance truly is a bliss.

2011/09/09
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From Wikipedia:

The Buddhist concept of mudita, "sympathetic joy" or "happiness in another's good fortune", is cited as an example of the opposite of schadenfreude.

I found several descriptions of the word, but no citations that show its use in common speech.

The Wikipedia article also mentions that:

The transposed variant "Freudenschade" has been invented in English to mean sorrow at another person's success.

2011/09/09
2:44pm
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SkyPiercer said:

As you can see I've already predicted your actions before you even make them.

Actually, you said that people would hate you. You are the only one who has spoken in a hateful manner here. We on this site have demonstrated repeatedly the ability to disagree respectfully. You do not demonstrate that same skill.

It's very funny how people in this world is so stubborn that it blinds them from the truth. No one can ever take advice from an insult, they just close their minds and immediately assume the answer is wrong because their own pride is hurt.

Yes, we do see that you are hurt and feel insulted, even though you are the only one here who has been insulting toward others, and therefore are closed to the fact that your behavior on a civilized forum is not well-tolerated.

Although we do not appreciate your insulting tone, we have been nothing but respectful toward you in return. Either kindly follow suit, or return to lurker status until you learn how to speak civilly to others. You have been reported.

Psychologically, I've already control your emotions with just my words. The capacity of a mind works that way. I am truly "Sincere" to the lack of experience. Ignorance truly is a bliss.


You still have not demonstrated to any of us that your use of the word "sincere" has merit. We are still waiting to see your reliable sources.

2011/09/19
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This is a frequent topic in the school I work in! We have a word for this sentiment, but for the life of us we can't seem to find an English equivalent. When we want to say we are sincerely happy for the good someone else has received or achieved then we use the Yiddish word "fargin".

2014/01/08
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I think the word you are looking for is "compersion" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compersion :)

2014/01/18
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Hey, that's not bad!  I read through this increasingly convinced that we simply don't have a single word for the concept the OP was asking for, but "compersion" comes close.  The only problem I have with it is that it was recently coined to refer only to the opposite of sexual jealousy; it's not general enough.  Still, if we can get it to catch on with a more general application I'll nominate it for the winning entry—the only qualifying entry, in fact.

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