schadenfreude

See also: Schadenfreude

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from German Schadenfreude (joy in the suffering of others)

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  • (UK, US) enPR: SHäʹdənfroid'ə/, IPA(key): /ˈʃɑː.dənˌfɹɔɪ.də/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪdə

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schadenfreude (uncountable)

  1. Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else's misfortune.
    • 1897, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Bailey Saunders (translator), "Human Nature", The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer,
      But it is Schadenfreude, a mischievous delight in the misfortunes of others, which remains the worst trait in human nature.

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