Getting joy out of someone elses misfortune. The joy you feel is shameful.
She fell over and broke her neck.. i felt nothing but schadenfreude..
by bobx-- December 09, 2008
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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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Nicky: "Schadenfruede, what's that, some sort of Nazi word?"

Gary Coleman: "Yep, it's German for 'Happiness at the misfortune of others!'"

Nicky: "'Happiness at the misfortune of others', that IS German!"
Gary Coleman: Right now you'r down and out, and feelin' really crappy.

N: I'll say.

Gary Coleman: And when I see how sad you are, it sorta makes me... HAP-PY...!!!

Nicky: HAPPY?!

Gary Coleman: Sorry Nicky, human nature, nothin' I can do. It's Schadenfruede, makin' me feel glad that I'm not you!

Nicky: Well that's not very nice, Gary!

Gary Coleman: I didn't say it was nice, but ev'rybody does it! D'jah ever clap when a waitress falls, and drops a tray of glasses?

Nicky: Yeah.

Gary Coleman: And ain't it fun to watch figure skaters fallin' on their asses?

Nicky: Sure!

Gary Coleman: Don'tcha feel all warm and cozy watching people out in the rain? That's

Both: Schadenfreude!

Gary Coleman: People taking pleasure in your pain!
by Lorelili October 23, 2004
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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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Basically, that feeling you get watching America's Funniest Home Videos(or a similar show). You're feeling glad that you're not someone experiencing pain. The opposite of sympathy.
Watching someone get stacked(hit in the crotch) and either laughing or cringing. That's Schadenfreude.
by supergub October 31, 2009
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