Learning English

Word: Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude [Noun]

Sentence: Finance Minister Sammy Wilson can bask in the approval of business leaders today, as his draft Budget received considerably more bouquets than brickbats. There was some sense of schadenfreude as private sector bosses can now look on and watch civil servants face the pay and recruitment freezes which have beset private business for close to two-and-a-half years.

(Source: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk)

Meaning: Malicious joy; Damage-joy; Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune

How To Remember?

Whenever you hear the word “Schadenfreude”, imagine a psychiatrist named Freud (Sigmund Freud was actually an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis), who is sitting by his table and laughing at the troubles of his patients. Why, you ask?

The more problems they have, the more mentally afflicted they would be, and the more would be his income from their frequent visits!

Remember thus!

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