schadenfreude

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noun, often capitalized scha·den·freu·de \ˈshä-dən-ˌfrȯi-də\

Definition of schadenfreude

  1. :  enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

Origin and Etymology of schadenfreude

German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy


First Known Use: 1868


SCHADENFREUDE Defined for English Language Learners

schadenfreude

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noun, often capitalized scha·den·freu·de \ˈshä-dən-ˌfrȯi-də\

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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