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scha·den·freu·de  audio  (shädn-froid) KEY 

NOUN:
Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

ETYMOLOGY:
German : Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado) + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from fr, happy)


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