schadenfreude


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schadenfreude

(shäd′n-froi′də)
n.
Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
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Richard Niebuhr, Portmann says that "it is in our responses to suffering--both our own and others'--that we prove our moral worth." As varied as people are, he declares, "we become in some real sense the same as everyone else when we suffer." He refers to Nietzsche's crucial insight that "we identify with the force we imagine to have caused another's suffering." Schadenfreude can be understood, then, as the "emotional corollary of justice." But Nietzsche rejects the view that suffering should be seen in terms of cause and effect, the bad things that happen to other people have, according to this view, as Portmann puts it, "no supernatural or hidden meaning."
What is most ridiculous, however about the current overdose of schadenfreude is the assumption that there is widespread suffering among the Japanese because of a severe recession.
In other words, schadenfreude isn't your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill envy.
My point is not to condemn the use of euphemism and dysphemism, to decry schadenfreude, or to take up the cudgels with Rush Limbaugh concerning political correctness.
The schadenfreude Reds fans enjoyed on Sunday night will soon dissipate as United start the search for a modern manager who may guide United back to the upper echelons of the Premier League again.
Schadenfreude refers to taking part delight in bad news most of us are ashamed of it HILDA BURKE PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Nothing gives true Aston Villa men a greater sense of schadenfreude than to read about the present turmoil at St Andrew's.
I want to set up a kind of schadenfreude festival where everyone hates the Olympics and every day we take part in a peculiarly British thing that we are really good at.
I want to set up a kind of schadenfreude festival where everyone hates the Olympics and every day we take part in a peculiarly British thing that we are really good at - the first on the list would be moaning" - Cross-dressing award-winning potter Grayson Perry.
As a Celtic fan, it is with a certain degree of schadenfreude that I watch the current travails of Glasgow Rangers FC.
Kenyon repeats economists' warnings that Europe's problems could still spread: "Analysts say Turks would do well to stifle the schadenfreude, however, because the EU remains Turkey's largest and most important trading partner." Many Turks suspect their Muslim heritage is the reason for delay.
Next, they rated their level of agreement with five statements meant to gauge their schadenfreude, such as "I enjoy[ed] what happened to Marleen or Mark" and "I couldn't resist a little smile."