Definition of schadenfreude in English:

schadenfreude

Line breaks: scha¦den|freude
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɑːd(ə)nˌfrɔɪdə
 
, ˈʃɑːdənˌfrɔydə/

noun

[mass noun]
  • Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune: a business that thrives on Schadenfreude a frisson of Schadenfreude
    More example sentences
    • All this is a bonus for the former BBC royal correspondent, who admits to a frisson of Schadenfreude when watching her replacement shiver outside those crested gates.
    • With a quiver of delightful Schadenfreude, it turned out none had ever backed the PR firm's campaign.
    • This unremitting focus on just one race participant is understandable, but the hint of Schadenfreude in the tone was unmistakable.

Origin

German Schadenfreude, from Schaden 'harm' + Freude 'joy'.

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