schadenfreude

noun, often capitalized
scha·​den·​freu·​de | \ ˈshä-dᵊn-ˌfrȯi-də How to pronounce schadenfreude (audio) \

Definition of schadenfreude

: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

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There's schadenfreude at play in that enjoyment, too, of course. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "2019 Needed a Hit as Bleak as Chernobyl," 4 June 2019 For some, there is schadenfreude — the pure entertainment value in watching a onetime liberal hero, even a controversial one, be declared a heretic. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "In Kanye West, the Right Sees Truth-Telling and a Rare A-List Ally," 27 Apr. 2018 Under these circumstances, empathy evaporates or even reverses into schadenfreude, or enjoyment of the other side’s suffering. K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 When management would move the pictures around (or, worse, banish one entirely) in accordance with the ebb and flow of their subjects’ successes, the reshuffling prompted all sorts of glee and schadenfreude among other customers. Town & Country, "Wall of Shame: What Happens to Controversial Portrait Walls in the #MeToo Era?," 30 Nov. 2018 In some corners, Fox News insiders were enjoying a certain schadenfreude in Kelly’s NBC failure. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Megyn Kelly’s NBC morning show is canceled," 26 Oct. 2018 That Cohen is the bozo in this little dunk-tank exercise is an occasion for unmistakable schadenfreude. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Stormy Daniels Is Running Rings Around Trump's Lawyer," 9 Mar. 2018 Stories about student loan borrowers with six-figure debt loads might shock us, intrigue us or appeal to our deep-seated sense of financial schadenfreude. Brianna Mcgurran, The Seattle Times, "Ask Brianna: When a student debt becomes a lot of trouble," 2 Oct. 2018 The result is a topsy-turvy and surprisingly sympathetic (if not without a sense of schadenfreude) take on the American Dream, boom and bust. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of schadenfreude

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schadenfreude

German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy

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schadenfreude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of schadenfreude

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

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