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Recent Examples of schadenfreude from the Web
Fans indulge in schadenfreude and gleefully mock their rivals in defeat.
Fans in another study reported feeling schadenfreude when reading about the injury of a rival team’s player, and gluckschmerz (sadness at others’ good fortune) when later reading about the player’s unexpectedly speedy recovery.
There's also schadenfreude to rival the sense of community.
At this point, folks who prefer the Marvel universe may be overcome with schadenfreude, cackling at the creative bankruptcy of DC movies.
Our pleasure, say, at MoBA, is a particular kind of schadenfreude – the German word for taking joy in another’s misfortune.
With archrival Mexico faltering in the semifinals, the Americans enjoyed a brief period of schadenfreude.
Hilarious for us, but is schadenfreude the only true pleasure that remains?
The production, the most expensive in Broadway history, was plagued by technical mishaps and backstage conflicts, all documented in the press with breathless schadenfreude.
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Origin and Etymology of schadenfreude
First Known Use: 1868See Words from the same year
SCHADENFREUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of schadenfreude for English Language Learners
: a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people
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