I'm trying to find a German word that is the same as »Schadenfreude« but also has a tinge of empathy in it. Is there such a word?
I would suggest »Häme«. See also this list: synonyme.woxikon.de/synonyme/schadenfreude.php– DevonMay 17, 2017 at 5:03
5@Devon I'd say_Häme_ comes without 'a tingle of empathy'.– ArsakMay 17, 2017 at 5:38
2The point of "Schadenfreude" (gloating) is that you're taking pleasure in someone's harm. Thus there is already some empathy involved, just no sympathy.– Kilian FothMay 17, 2017 at 6:12
1Could you add some context, e.g. a real-life situation where you would need such a word? This would help finding one.– Christian GeiselmannMay 17, 2017 at 9:46
Maybe Belustigung? It's a more general term, neither restricted to harm nor to malice.
1That's twice as bad. May 17, 2017 at 8:26
@Janka: Schadenfreude has always a malicious connotation, Belustigung not necessarily. May 17, 2017 at 9:02
1Ich empfinde "Belustigung" immer etwas hinterfotzig. Aber ok. May 17, 2017 at 12:32
There is the so called Schmunzelfehler which is an euphemism for a shortcoming in some good which doesn't really matter. For example a scratch on the backside of a cabinet.
It comes from schmunzeln, which means "to smile over something bad", and Fehler (error, mistake, failure).
Ihr Gesang war kaum auszuhalten.
— Oh, im Vergleich zur Band war das doch nur ein Schmunzelfehler.
I couldn't stand her singing.
— Oh? Compared to the band it was merely a Schmunzelfehler.
Interesting, I've never heard 'Schmunzelfehler' before. Is this word specific for a certain area or subculture or similar?– ArsakMay 17, 2017 at 12:53
I think it's specific for people who buy/sell second-hand (or second-choice) goods. May 17, 2017 at 13:27
I assume you are looking for a word that describes reacting to someone's misfortune in a humorous way, without the implied negativity.
I would suggest Stichelei. It is the German word for a taunt. (Note that this word can not be used for non-verbal reactions, a laughter for instance. But then again, the same is true for the English word.)