Malicious or smug pleasure taken in somebody else's misfortune.
It was a measure of Cecilia's character that, unlike most people, she experienced no schadenfreude about this, felt no secret pleasure in the superiority of her circumstances over her friend's, but sincerely regretted Daphne's inferior home and reduced income.
On the issues of a United Nations resolution that can help with the reconstruction of Iraq, and of finding a framework for the operation of an international peacekeeping force, have the French and Germans not merely displayed schadenfreude but done damage to the prospects for peace in Iraq itself, and prejudiced any possibility whatsoever of a common European foreign policy, let alone of a single European Foreign Minister from either France or Germany?
Newspapers and television bulletins enjoy pictures of boats in streets and old ladies carried to safety by gallant firemen, with a frisson of schadenfreude in the sight of someone's kitchen waist-high in water.
Polly Toynbee, The Guardian, 3 July 2007. Guardian
After all, Rushdie was known for his high regard for himself, and so quite a few of his fellow authors and good liberals indulged in a little secret, or not so secret, schadenfreude.
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