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noun 
  1. 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.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: leedvermaak
  • French: joie maligne
  • German: Schadenfreude
  • Spanish: Regodearse
Etymology: German SchadenfreudeGerman?, Schadenfreude ("Schadenfreude"), from Schaden ("damage", "harm") + Freude ("joy").


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