Borrowed from German Schadenfreude (“joy in the misfortune of others”), from Schaden (“damage, misfortune”) + Freude (“joy”). The word gained popularity in English in the late 20th c. and likely entered mainstream usage through an episode of The Simpsons (more in citations).
- Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else's misfortune.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:schadenfreude.
- epicaricacy (rare)