German word, original translation loosely comes out as 'malicious joy'. In English, it's thought of 'malicious enjoyment from the suffering of another'. As there is no succinct English version of the word, English-speaking peoples have approximated this word and use it whenever they see people like corrupt CEOs get dragged off to jail.
Did you see that look on Fastow's face as he was told he couldn't take soap-on-a-rope to the lockup? Man, I felt a warm, comforting sense of schadenfreude in my gut when I saw it...
by Paul Wartenberg May 18, 2003
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pleasure derived from others' troubles.
although "schadenfreude" seems widely known I've never heard it being used in casual conversation.

Probably it's more the problem of not knowing how to pronounce it. I've heard "skäidenfruhd," for instance :)
by lingualtreasure June 03, 2009
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The joy one feels when bad things happen to other people.

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The act of deriving pleasure from someone else's misfortune.

Orgin = German: Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado) + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from fr, happy).
An sense of schadenfreude came over me as I watched a Chevy Suburban with a "W" bumpersticker pull into a gas station advertising $3.89 per gallon.
by Stevo B May 03, 2006
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Taking pleasure in somebody else's misfortune. From German,
also spelled shadenfreude
shrink to a patient:
-what did you feel when you found out that your successful brother had lost all his money in the stock market?
patient:
-schadenfreude
by ana von hindenburg February 07, 2011
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The feeling of pleasure gathered from watching the suffering of another human being.
Remember the enormous pleasure you got watching dad get kicked in the nuts on AFHV in the 80s, or ogling any fat asshole in the world dancing in bikini briefs or redneck on a crotch rocket who smashes his face in on the old log next to the "swimmin' hole" near his dilapidated shack on YouTube? That's schadenfreude... It's what makes you human... Or a very bad person.
by Vice Morris July 29, 2009
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German for "happiness at the misfortune of others"

Clapping when a waitress falls and drops a tray of glasses

Watching figure skaters falling on their asses

Watching people out in the rain

Watching a vegetarian being told she just ate chicken

Watching a frat boy realize just what he put his dick in

Being on an elevator when somebody shouts "Hold the door!"

Straight A students getting Bs

Exes getting STDs

Waking doormen from their naps

Watching tourists reading maps

Football players getting tackled

CEOs getting shackled

Watching actors never reach the ending of their Oscar speech
Schadenfreude: Making me feel glad that I'm not you.
by Janet Weiss July 29, 2005
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The joy one feels when bad things happen to other people.

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The act of deriving pleasure from someone else's misfortune.

Orgin = German: Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado) + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from fr, happy).
An sense of schadenfreude came over me as I watched a Chevy Suburban with a "W" bumpersticker pull into a gas station advertising $3.89 per gallon.
by Stevo B May 03, 2006
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