satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.

Social media exploded with gleeful Schadenfreude.
Naomi Fry, “Searching for Meaning in the Leftover Merchandise of Fyre Festival,” The New Yorker, May 24, 2018
It also let Peggy see the sagging flesh under Blanche’s chin. Since her jawline was still pretty good, she soaked up some Schadenfreude on that score.
Harry Turtledove, The Big Switch, 2011

Schadenfreude is a direct borrowing from German. In German Schadenfreude is a compound noun made up of the nouns Schaden โ€œharm, injury, damageโ€ and Freude โ€œjoy.โ€ Schaden is related to English scathe (via Old Norse). Freude is a derivative of the adjective from โ€œhappy,โ€ and is related to English frolic, which comes from Dutch vrolijk โ€œcheerful, gay.โ€ Schadenfreude entered English in the late 19th century.

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