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[shahd-n-froi-duh] /ˈʃɑd nˌfrɔɪ də/
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
Origin of schadenfreude
1890-95; < German, equivalent to Schaden harm + Freude joy Unabridged
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  • The curious and expressive German word schadenfreude cannot be translated into any other language.

  • "I can easily believe you don't approve it," she said with a gleam of schadenfreude.

    The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
  • The word used means, like the German "schadenfreude," rejoicing at another's injury.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
  • Bertha guesses its contents and revels in the luxury of pity and schadenfreude.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • There is only one language in the world which has a word to express that type of mirth; the word is schadenfreude.

    Lord Tony's Wife Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for schadenfreude


delight in another's misfortune
Word Origin
German: from Schaden harm + Freude joy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for schadenfreude

"malicious joy in the misfortunes of others," 1922, German Schadenfreude, literally "damage-joy," from schaden "damage, harm, injury" (see scathe) + freude, from Old High German frewida "joy," from fro "happy," literally "hopping for joy," from Proto-Germanic *frawa- (see frolic).

What a fearful thing is it that any language should have a word expressive of the pleasure which men feel at the calamities of others; for the existence of the word bears testimony to the existence of the thing. And yet in more than one such a word is found. ... In the Greek epikhairekakia, in the German, 'Schadenfreude.' [Richard C. Trench, "On the Study of Words," 1852]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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