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Definition of "schadenfreude" [schadenfreude]

  • Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "schadenfreude" in a sentence
  • "The one that pops to mind is "schadenfreude" - the German word that means, pleasure in the mishap coming to a friend."
  • "It is this sort of nonsense that makes the whole world get to grip with the term schadenfreude whitout really disliking the brits, England claim they invented football but it is long gone since they can dictate who or were the game is to be played."
  • "I have always been curious about the German word schadenfreude which is such a perfect translation of a Chinese proverb - xing zai le huo (幸灾乐祸)."