schadenfreude

noun, often capitalized scha·den·freu·de \ ˈshä-dᵊn-ˌfrȯi-də \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of schadenfreude

: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

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Origin and Etymology of schadenfreude

German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy


SCHADENFREUDE Defined for English Language Learners

schadenfreude

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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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