If schadenfreude means "pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune", is there a word to call someone who can't feel happy when something good/exciting happens to a relative/friend/someone close?

  • Fradenscheude? Apr 7, 2015 at 19:40
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    @medica That question is asking for a different "opposite".
    – 101100
    Apr 7, 2015 at 20:06
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    Indeed, that is not a valid duplicate.
    – Hellion
    Apr 8, 2015 at 15:06
  • That is not a duplicate! This question wants a word for someone who is unhappy about someone else's success, while that one wants a word for someone who is happy about someone else's success. Completely different animals.
    – 1006a
    Feb 21, 2019 at 21:46
  • The linked duplicate is wrong, but this looks like a valid duplicate.
    – cag51
    Feb 22, 2019 at 0:14

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The term gluckschmerz in German means "displeasure due to another person's success" which is essentially the opposite of schadenfreude (which is also originally from German). This page discusses both terms.

  • Links only are not sufficient as answers; copying selected passages is more helpful, because links can be lost. Apr 7, 2015 at 19:07
  • @medica The linked article was added for additional information. The text of my answer gives all of the information requested in the question.
    – 101100
    Apr 7, 2015 at 20:07
  • @user75110 If this answers your question, can you accept the answer by clicking the checkmark next to it?
    – 101100
    Apr 7, 2015 at 20:08
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    Yes, but is gluckschmerz a term that is used in English? This is ELU after all.
    – bib
    Apr 7, 2015 at 22:17

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