duping delight

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Neologism coined by Paul Ekman in his book Telling Lies (1992).


duping delight (uncountable)

  1. The pleasure of being able to manipulate someone, often made visible to others by flashing a smile at an inappropriate moment.
    • 2003:
      High-stake lies may also generate emotions that don't fit what the person is saying: fear of being caught, guilt about lying, or what I call 'duping delight', may leak in the face, body or voice and suggest the person is not being truthful. [1]
    • 2011:
      Weiner smiled inappropriately during many interviews, revealing what interrogators refer to as "duping delight" -- a flash of a smile at the unconscious pleasure of "getting away with it." [2]
    • 2012, Alex Stone, Fooling Houdini: Adventures in the World of Magic, →ISBN, page 276:
      Of course, this sent a tsunami of duping delight gushing through my veins.
    • 2014, Timothy R. Levine, Encyclopedia of Deception, →ISBN, page 320:
      It is important to draw the distinction between duping delight and pathological lying.
    • 2015, Chee Seng Leow, Saiful Amin Jalun, Maisarah Ahmad, Trapping the Cunning Fox, page 79:
      The duping delight increases when the liars have successfully deceived people with high reputation of being difficult to be fooled.
    • 2014:
      Unfortunately, dealing with a human being displaying duping delight is not so simple. [3]