Definition of schadenfreude
: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others
Recent Examples of schadenfreude from the Web
The true mark of friendship, according to Munn, is a little bit of schadenfreude.
With signs of contagion in the more vulnerable parts of the Spanish financial system, there may be a degree of schadenfreude among other European policy makers.
On Twitter, the schadenfreude was swift and merciless.
But, of course, all of these shows would have never even existed without the sensationalistic OG teen soap that set the stage for all of their youthful schadenfreude and melodrama to unfold – Beverly Hills, 90210.
By contrast, anti-Trump voters are thrilled, luxuriating in nonstop schadenfreude.
This event was many things: an international laughingstock, an object lesson in hubris, a surprise survivalist adventure and a handy repository for all the schadenfreude in the world.
The EU’s schadenfreude will stem from the U.K. Independence Party’s performance in local elections last Friday in Britain.
Those who hadn't heard of the festival before the news of its demise became fodder for schadenfreude on Twitter, may be wondering how exactly the event sold tickets, some for as much as $13,000.
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Origin and Etymology of schadenfreude
German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
First Known Use: 1868See Words from the same year
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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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