[percy-l] Fw: schadenfreude: Dictionary.com Word of the Day
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Word of the Day for Monday August 22, 2005
schadenfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\, noun:
A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of
That the report of Sebastian Imhof's grave illness might
also have been tinged with Schadenfreude appears not to
have crossed Lucas's mind.
--Steven Ozment, Flesh and Spirit
He died three years after me -- cancer too -- and at that
time I was still naive enough to imagine that what the
afterlife chiefly provided were unrivalled opportunities
for unbeatable gloating, unbelievable schadenfreude.
--Will Self, How The Dead Live
Somewhere out there, Pi supposed, some UC Berkeley grad
students must be shivering with a little Schadenfreude of
their own about what had happened to her.
--Sylvia Brownrigg, The Metaphysical Touch
The historian Peter Gay -- who felt Schadenfreude as a
Jewish child in Nazi-era Berlin, watching the Germans lose
coveted gold medals in the 1936 Olympics -- has said that
it "can be one of the great joys of life."
--Edward Rothstein, "Missing the Fun of a Minor Sin,"
New York Times, February 5, 2000
Schadenfreude comes from the German, from Schaden, "damage" +
Freude, "joy." It is often capitalized, as it is in German.
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