The German word schadenfreude is often used in English to express the pleasure derived from seeing misery in others.
schadenfreude noun. satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
For example quite harmlessly, finding it funny when someone trips over, or more dramatically the pleasure derived when seeing your ex-partner go through a messy break up.
Is there a word for wanting bad things to happen to others? The context would typically a bit a jilted lover or a jealous person.
For example hoping someone's holiday goes badly, or hoping the company project goes badly after you leave.