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Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Definitions for schadenfreude

  1. A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others.

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Citations for schadenfreude
That the report of Sebastian Imhof's grave illness might also have been tinged with Schadenfreude appears not to have crossed Lucas's mind. Steven Ozment, Flesh and Spirit
He died three years after me -- cancer too -- and at that time I was still naive enough to imagine that what the afterlife chiefly provided were unrivalled opportunities for unbeatable gloating, unbelievable schadenfreude. Will Self, How The Dead Live
Origin of schadenfreude
Schadenfreude comes from the German, from Schaden, "damage" + Freude, "joy." It is often capitalized, as it is in German.