“I think there was a certain amount of ‘Schadenfreude,’ a certain amount of a critical slam dunk contest that it turned into, like some (critic) was saying ‘I have been saving up this one turn of phrase all summer.’”
2004, Russell Spears, Colin Wayne Leach, Intergroup Schadenfreude: Conditions and Consequences, in Larissa Z. Tiedens, Colin Wayne Leach (editors), The Social Life of Emotions, page 348,
We then proceed to assess whether expressions of schadenfreude are more contingent on contextual factors that constrain schadenfreude by affecting the legitimacy of the emotional experience itself or its public expression.
The early editions of the show supplied that crazy fix of schadenfreude that “American Idol” delivers in its audition phases, when the tone-deaf singers and oblivious klutzes take the stage and perform hilarious exercises in stupefied mortification.
2006 July 31, James Carney, “The Rise and Fall of Ralph Reed,” Time magazine, page 53.
“Ralph Reed got nailed for being a phony,” says a fellow G.O.P. operative in Washington, with more than a little schadenfreude.
2010, Ivan Nyklíček, Ad Vingerhoets, Marcel Zeelenberg, Emotion Regulation and Well-Being, page 130,
Perhaps the archetypal malicious emotion is schadenfreude: the pleasure one feels at the misfortune or downfall of another.
2010, Lars Fr. H. Svendsen, Kerri A. Pierce, A Philosophy of Evil, page 103,
What about schadenfreude? Isn't taking pleasure in another's suffering the same thing as taking pleasure in evil because it's evil?