- The malicious glee experienced from someone else's misfortune.
- 2006 July 19, Tom Shales, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/18/AR2006071801808.html "It Takes 'Talent' To Kill This Trend",Washington Post p.C01
- : 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.
Etymology: German SchadenfreudeGerman?, Schadenfreude ("Schadenfreude"), from Schaden ("damage", "harm") + Freude ("joy").
- Dutch: leedvermaak
- French: joie maligne
- German: Schadenfreude
- Spanish: Regodearse
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