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Mar 7, 2013
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schadenfreude

PRONUNCIATION:
(SHAAD-n-froi-duh)

MEANING:
noun: Pleasure derived from another's misfortune.

ETYMOLOGY:
From German Schadenfreude, from Schaden (damage, harm) + Freude (joy). Earliest documented use: 1852.

USAGE:
"Right after the election was called for President Obama, I did something I rarely do: I tuned in to Fox News. Nothing is tastier than schadenfreude and I wanted to see 'Team 53 Percent' unravel as it tried to spin Mitt Romney's defeat."
Liza Sabater; Occupy the Divide; Essence (New York); Jan 2013.

See more usage examples of schadenfreude in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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