noun, often capitalized \ˈshä-dən-ˌfri-də\

: a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people

Full Definition of SCHADENFREUDE

:  enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others


German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
First Known Use: 1895

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