Definition of schadenfreude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɑːd(ə)nˌfrɔɪdə/
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɑːdənˌfrɔydə/


[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.


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

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