Schadenfreude is defined as feeling happy when something goes wrong for someone.(noun)
An example of schadenfreude is smiling when you find out that your ex-boyfriend’s house burnt down.
See schadenfreude in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Ger < schaden, to harm + freude, joy
See schadenfreude in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: : Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado)
Origin: + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from frō, happy).
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