Schadenfreude

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Schadenfreude Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Schadenfreude n : delight in another person's misfortune
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Schadenfreude (pronounced /ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/ Audio (US) (help·info), German pronunciation:  This German word is used as a loanword in English and some other languages, and has been calqued in Danish and Norwegian as skadefryd and Swedish as skadeglädje.

In German, Schadenfreude is capitalized, as are all nouns. When used as a loanword in English, however, it is not capitalized, unless the origin of the word is meant to be emphasized. The corresponding German adjective is schadenfroh. The word derives from Schaden (adversity, harm) and Freude (joy). Schaden derives from the Middle High German schade, from the Old High German scado, and is a cognate with English "scathe". Freude comes from the Middle High German freude, from the Old High German frewida, and is a cognate with the (usually archaic) English word "frith". A distinction exists between "secret schadenfreude" (a private feeling) and "open schadenfreude" (Hohn, a German word roughly translated as "scorn") which is outright public derision.

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  • Toddlers feel schadenfreude
    You know that happy feeling you have when Justin Bieber gets arrested again? Schadenfreude , or joy over another’s misfortune, isn't just for grown-ups. Read more on this news related to 'Schadenfreude'
  • World Cup: No schadenfreude in Deutschland
    If this were foreign policy – the press responding to a German military intervention or a victory in the halls of Brussels – Germans would be squirming from the praise and attention lavished on it from across Europe. It’s been called the most surprising game in World Cup history. Germany, is of course, rejoicing. “Without Words,” wrote Germany’s daily Read more on this news related to 'Schadenfreude'
  • Happy over spilt water: Even toddlers get schadenfreude
    You know that happy feeling you have when Justin Bieber gets arrested again? Schadenfreude, or joy over another’s misfortune, isn't just for grown-ups. That complicated emotion starts much earlier than expected, when we're barely old enough to point and say, "Ha, Ha!" Children as young as 2 experience a type of schadenfreude, a new study finds. Read more on this news related to 'Schadenfreude'

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