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SINFUL JOY

The voluntary complacency in an accomplished evil action, whether done by oneself or by someone else. It is not sinful, however, to rejoice at the good effect of an evil deed, in the sense that God's providence draws good results even from doing things that are wrong.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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