Schadenfreude meaning

shädn-froidə
Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
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Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else's misfortune.
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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.

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Glee at another's misfortune.
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Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
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Origin of schadenfreude

  • 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from German Schadenfreude (“joy in the suffering of others")

    From Wiktionary