Epicaricacy vs. Schadenfreude

By Jaxson

  • Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude (; German: [ˈʃaːdn̩ˌfʁɔʏ̯də] (listen); lit. ‘harm-joy’) is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another. It is one of four related emotions or concepts.

    Schadenfreude is a complex emotion, where rather than feeling sympathy towards someone’s misfortune, schadenfreude evokes joyful feelings that take pleasure from watching someone fail. This emotion is displayed more in children than adults, however adults also experience schadenfreude, they are just better at concealing their expressions.

  • Epicaricacy (noun)

    Rejoicing at or deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others.

  • Schadenfreude (noun)

    Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else’s misfortune.

  • Schadenfreude (noun)

    pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune

    “a frisson of Schadenfreude”

    “a business that thrives on Schadenfreude”

Oxford Dictionary

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