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A source of great delight or joy which is not morally or socially acceptable is considered to be a sick pleasure. An English euphemism, sick pleasures involve the deliberate physical or mental harm to life, or the destruction of belongings of others for fun. Often those who partake in sick pleasures will get an adrenaline rush and a false sense of power from the act.

Examples of activities that could be cited as sick pleasures include gaining pleasure from stomping on daisies, deliberately running over animals with automobiles, and laughing at the misfortune of others. More severe forms of sick pleasure typically involve rape and torture.

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