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A word for being troubled at others' potential schadenfreude against me

This is the ability to laugh at others' misfortune. What word would you use if you knew that your misfortune was causing others to laugh at you? Example; standing huddled in the rain to have a cigarette, knowing that your friends are inside in the warm.

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Looks like we need a [corollary] tag; this isn't really an antonym. However: interesting question. Neither embarrassment nor ruefulness quite cut it. –  Andrew Leach Nov 20 '12 at 9:50
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The example you describe doesn't raise schadenfreude. - Schadenfreude rather come up, for instance, when the person standing in the rain has missed the bus. –  Em1 Nov 20 '12 at 9:55
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something near melancholy, melodrama, and pathos? –  tylerharms Nov 20 '12 at 10:02
    
However, @AndrewLeach, embarrassment is quite good. I'd add shame. –  Em1 Nov 20 '12 at 10:03

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I hesitate to offer this word as it is neither an antonym nor an inverse.

sardonic (adjective)

characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering

(from Dictionary.com)

"As the rain progressed from a drizzle to downpour, Bill nursed his cigarette with sardonic bitterness. He knew his non-smoking friends were surreptitiously watching him from the warm, dry, fourteenth floor."

This would work if Bill had a sense of self-relief in his friends' schadenfreude.

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