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- The word is mentioned in some early dictionaries, but there is little or no evidence of actual usage until it was picked up by various "interesting word" websites around the turn of the twenty-first century.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:epicaricacy.
rejoicing at or deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others — see schadenfreude
- Bailey, Nathan (1737) Universal Etymological English Dictionary, London
- Bailey, Nathan (1751) Dictionarium Britannicum, London
- Shipley, Joseph T. (1955) Dictionary of Early English, Philosophical Library, →ISBN
- Novobatzky, Peter; Shea, Ammon (1955) Depraved and Insulting English, Harvest Books, →ISBN