enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others
"Although I know the schadenfreude of reading a lottery winner's tale of woe, I want to share a more positive perspective." post on GetRichSlowly.org, September 4, 2011
About the Word:
The German Schaden means "damage"; Freude means "joy." As the Schadenfreude song from Avenue Q puts it: "And when I see how sad you are / It sort of makes me... / Happy!"