Word – Schadenfreude
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Schadenfreude – Word of the Day
Pleasure derived by someone from someone else’s misfortune or pain.
While we commonly use this word in English, it is actually borrowed from German. It is a compound of two words: schaden(meaning “harm”), and freude(meaning “joy”) giving it a literal meaning ‘harmful joy’.
- I couldn’t resist a bit of schadenfreude when my biggest rival was busted for drug possession.
- My schadenfreude did not last long, though. Soon after my rival was arrested, the police were hot on my heels, and I had to go underground.
- Imagine my schadenfreude, when I learned that my coworker had been fired because she had faked her law license.
- I felt a huge wave of schadenfreude wash over me, as I saw my cheating ex-girlfriend’s house burn down.
- The American president’s slip up at the gala dinner elicited a great deal of schadenfreude from news outlets all over the world.
- Contrary to popular belief, prison guards are not motivated by any sense of schadenfreude.
- The Russians were enjoying the schadenfreude as they saw the invading German army suffer in the harsh Russian winter.
- The Republicans were feeling a certain schadenfreude after Donald Trump became the president.
- Rachel was experiencing great schadenfreude as Monica’s cosmetic surgery went horribly wrong.