Definition of schadenfreude
: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others
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One part of the game's appeal is its element of schadenfreude.
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Origin and Etymology of schadenfreude
German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
First Known Use: 1868
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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