schadenfreude

schadenfreude

[shahd-n-froi-duh]
noun
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.

Origin:
1890–95; < German, equivalent to Schaden harm + Freude joy

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Schadenfreude (ˈʃaːdənfrɔydə)
 
n
delight in another's misfortune
 
[German: from Schaden harm + Freude joy]

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schadenfreude
"malicious joy in the misfortunes of others," 1922, from Ger., lit. "damage-joy," from schaden "damage, harm, injury" (see scathe) + freude, from O.H.G. frewida "joy," from fro "happy," lit. "hopping for joy," from P.Gmc. *frawa- (see frolic).
"What a fearful thing is it that any language should have a word expressive of the pleasure which men feel at the calamities of others; for the existence of the word bears testimony to the existence of the thing. And yet in more than one such a word is found. ... In the Greek epikhairekakia, in the German, 'Schadenfreude.' " [Richard C. Trench, "On the Study of Words," 1852]
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