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

Examples of schadenfreude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But when the schadenfreude that inevitably accompanies watching a celebrity fail lost its kick, what remained was a ragtag team of strivers, hearty with a miraculous new lease on life. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 If schadenfreude is your thing, read this report from the Wall Street Journal about the anxious car dealers heading into car-buying season with a fraction of their usual inventory. Annie White, Car and Driver, 14 May 2021 The resentments and groveling that can come with a demanding patriarch or a high-maintenance mother figure; the sibling side-deals and subterfuges — all this is grist for entertainment schadenfreude., 6 May 2021 The unbearable tension of the trial was replaced with a mix of release, shock, ecstasy, optimism, joy, caution and schadenfreude. Clyde Mcgrady, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 There is perhaps no story that has brought out more schadenfreude than the downfall of Rep. Matt Gaetz. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2021 With clinical precision, these accounts pick apart transformations, poking a hole in the illusion of perfection and thriving on the schadenfreude that results. Alex Peters, Vogue, 31 Mar. 2021 If there is schadenfreude among ships, the YM Wish was perhaps not feeling it. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2021 Sometimes, though, the thrill is tinged with schadenfreude. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of schadenfreude was in 1868

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9 Jun 2021

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“Schadenfreude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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