satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
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How to use schadenfreude in a sentence
Our political and epidemiological circumstances have created the “perfect cocktail for schadenfreude,” says Valdesolo.What do all these stories of vaccine denial deaths do to our sense of empathy? | Maura Judkis | October 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The sight of enraged Brits lining up for hours at gas stations as panic-buying grips the nation has united Europe in schadenfreude.Brexit Panic-Buying Gas Freakout Has Europe Saying: We Told You So | Jamie Ross | September 27, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Defeat for Germany, then, would come with a side order of schadenfreude from Brexit-loving middle Englanders.England vs Germany Offers End to 25 Years of Hurt for One Man, and a Nation | Dan Stewart | June 28, 2021 | Time
Later that night, delighting in schadenfreude, we marveled as he frantically scooped water from his flooded tent with a cook pot while she slept in the shelter.
According to social media, this moment was a pure shot of schadenfreude to fans watching at home, many of whom felt Nicole frequently played the victim after criticizing her castmates.How ‘Big Brother’ (barely) redeemed itself after one of the most boring seasons ever | Emily Yahr | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
After having the issue taken away from them in 2012, their schadenfreude has been epic.
There was no shortage of schadenfreude, with Democrats joyfully noting just how dumb those silly, delusional Republicans were.
Still, Clinton aides exulted in schadenfreude when their enemies faltered.The Hillary-Haters’ Book Club Will Never Run Out of Things to Read | Michelle Cottle | January 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This, I confess, shamefully gave rise to momentary schadenfreude—even glee.
It's pure schadenfreude for the thinking man or woman (which, of course, is partly why we tune in).
The Germans are the only modern people who have a single word to express delight in the misfortunes of others—schadenfreude.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV. | Charles L. Graves
The curious and expressive German word schadenfreude cannot be translated into any other language.German Problems and Personalities | Charles Sarolea
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
Neid zu fhlen, ist menschlich; schadenfreude 35 zu geniessen, teuflisch—To feel envy is human; to joy in mischief is devilish.
The word used means, like the German "schadenfreude," rejoicing at another's injury.Euripedes and His Age | Gilbert Murray
British Dictionary definitions for Schadenfreude
delight in another's misfortune
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