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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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Watching a vegetarian being told she just ate chicken

Or watching a frat boy realize just what he put his dick in

Being on the 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!
"Fuck you lady, that's what stairs are for!"
by Luke Wehner June 23, 2004
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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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In the behavioural sciences, Schadenfreude is the term for a euphoric affective state experienced in response to visual and auditory stimuli communicating others experiencing pain or suffering. The euphoric effect has been observed to be significantly elevated in females, primarily of Western origin, when the suffering is observed in males known to the test subject, with a strong correlation between the level of prior intimacy and intensity of the euphoria. Of particular note is the extreme degree to which other faculties may be impaired as the intensity of the euphoric state increases in the observer, in correlation to the increased suffering of the observed.
"In my decades long career I've never witnessed the brain's pleasure centre light up as much as it has in the divorced couple Schadenfreude cases. The most remarkable example was when a caucasian, middle class, suburban female heard her ex-husband had fallen off a roof and shattered his spine. She only heard an aural account and apparently didn't even need to witness it. The intensity of brain activity doubled when she was told he may never walk again. When she heard his children were watching and heard an account of the total humiliation he felt as they witnessed the moment of his downfall, we had to stop the experiment out of concern her brain may overheat. The fact that they were also her children witnessing a traumatic event appeared to have no attenuating effect on her response, if anything it increased."
by MalcolmTent0 April 10, 2018
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The joy one feels when bad things happen to other people.


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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This economy's producing plenty of opportunities for Schadenfreude as Congress summons multimillion dollar CEOs to defend themselves
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