Scha·den·freu·de  /ˈʃɑdnˌfrɔɪdə/ Pronunciation[shahd-n-froi-duh]

satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
[Origin: 1890–95; < G, equiv. to Schaden harm + Freude joy] Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo
31-35, M
4 Responses Jul 1, 2007

There's a song in "Avenue Q" called Schadenfreude. Great show.


"What a fearful thing is it that any language should have a word expressive of the pleasure which men feel at the calamities of others; for the existence of the word bears testimony to the existence of the thing. And yet in more than one such a word is found. ... In the Greek epikhairekakia, in the German, 'Schadenfreude.' from Ger., lit. "damage-joy,"

This is just such a cool word for such an uncool concept, I had to post it :D Also, this is exactly what my father does. Very negative influence on susceptible young minds. :P And it's possibly also the premise behind those Funniest Home Videos shows (if you find yourself laughing AT them, not with them).