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Schadenfreude

[shä-dᵊn-ˌfrȯi-də]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: German

1.

Pleasure taken from the misfortune of others

2.

A desire to see others suffer

Examples of Schadenfreude in a sentence

"I experienced schadenfreude after hearing that my horrible manager had been fired."

"Sarah couldn't help but feel a bit of schadenfreude when she discovered that the man who'd stolen her car was now in prison."

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About Schadenfreude

It's no surprise that the word schadenfreude is a gift from the German language — it's a literal combination of the German words for "harm or misfortune" and "joy."

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Schadenfreude comes to us from German, where it is capitalized. However, that's not required when it's used in English.

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