- 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.
Origin: Ger from schaden, to harm plush freude, joy
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Origin: German : 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).