- Schadenfreude is defined as feeling happy when something goes wrong for someone.
An example of schadenfreude is smiling when you find out that your ex-boyfriend’s house burnt down.
glee at another's misfortune
Origin of schadenfreudeGerman ; from schaden, to harm + freude, joy
Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
Origin of schadenfreudeGerman : Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado) + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from frō, happy).