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Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

[German : Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado) + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from frō, happy).]


delight in another's misfortune
[German: from Schaden harm + Freude joy]


(ˈʃɑd nˌfrɔɪ də)

pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
[1890–95; < German, =Schaden harm + Freude joy]


A German word meaning harm joy, used to mean pleasure taken at the misfortunes of someone else.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.schadenfreude - delight in another person's misfortuneSchadenfreude - delight in another person's misfortune
delectation, delight - a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight to see her was obvious to all"
Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany - a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990


Schadenfreude [ˈʃaɑːdənfrɔɪdə] njoie f maligne (suscitée par le malheur d'autrui)
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However, while we're still in Europe, I'll take all the schadenfreude I can get, thank you.
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E]ven as anti-DPRK watchers might feel a sense of schadenfreude when Pyongyang's missile development team stumbles and falls, or even snigger at the lackluster qualities of their missiles, gloating is not only premature but ill-advised," warns Nah Liang Tuang for the Diplomat.
Although The Three Day Nanny has an element of schadenfreude, there are also some good lessons to be learned from Mewes' tried-andtested techniques, and the last run proved she has the remarkable knack of civilising not only the children but also the beleaguered parents.
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Schadenfreude, which means 'satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
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And there was more good news for Villa fans after the final whistle in the form of a bit of schadenfreude as reports came through of Blues' last-gasp heartbreak in their FA Cup semi-final against Fulham.