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ˈʃɑd nˌfrɔɪ dəschaden·freude

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Schadenfreudenoun

    delight in another person's misfortune


  1. schadenfreudenoun

    Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else's misfortune.


  1. Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude (; German: [ˈʃaːdn̩ˌfʁɔʏ̯də] (listen); lit. 'harm-joy') is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another. Schadenfreude is a complex emotion, where rather than feeling sympathy towards someone's misfortune, schadenfreude evokes joyful feelings that take pleasure from watching someone fail. This emotion is displayed more in children than adults. However, adults also experience schadenfreude, though generally concealed.


  1. Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This word is a loanword from German, the direct English translation is 'Damage-Joy' or 'Fail-Joy', it is the feeling of joy when one sees another fail, and is also borrowed in some other languages. It has been calqued in Danish and Norwegian as skadefryd, in Swedish as skadeglädje, in Finnish as vahingonilo, in Dutch as leedvermaak and in Ukrainian, Russian and Bulgarian as 'злорадство'.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of schadenfreude in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of schadenfreude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of schadenfreude in a Sentence

  1. Aaron Sorkin:

    The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public -- a story that was developing right in front of their eyes.

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    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
    • A. witless
    • B. nasty
    • C. squashy
    • D. dangerous

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