Early usage of schadenfreude in English and literature

Schadenfreude has always been with us.

Edwin Booth playing Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello, the Moor of Venice." Image source: United States Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons
  • Aristotle spoke of the emotion more than 2,000 years ago.
  • The first appearance of the word in English-speaking countries gave speakers a new way to express themselves.
  • To this day, there is still some unease around the feeling.
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