V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to be smug or self-satisfied or to gain satisfaction from success, good fortune, or the failings of others

Synonyms: boast, brag, crow, revel, vaunt

Antonyms: downplay

Tips: Gloat is often used in the expression "to gloat over something." Gloating is often smug or malicious. To say that "he or she is gloating" is a good criticism of a person who is overly self-satisfied from an achievement.

Usage Examples:

The division champions gloated over their victory so much that all of the other teams resented them for years to come. (boasted, reveled)

The rivals were known to gloat over one another's misfortunes. (revel, vaunt)

Please don't gloat over your win; it's very unbecoming. (boast, brag, crow)

Every time he wins an argument, he gloats for hours. (revels)

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