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[shoh-puh n-hou-er; German shoh-puh n-hou-uh r] /ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊ ər; German ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊ ər/
[ahr-too r] /ˈɑr tʊər/ (Show IPA),
1788–1860, German philosopher.
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[shoh-puh n-houuh r-ee-uh n, -hou-er-, shoh-puh n-hou-eer-ee-uh n] /ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊər i ən, -ˌhaʊ ər-, ˌʃoʊ pən haʊˈɪər i ən/ (Show IPA),
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Not that I profess to know anything either about Hegel or Schopenhauer.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • For instance, the mention of Schopenhauer produced smiles and laughter.

  • Schopenhauer was quite right when he said life was not worth living.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • The fact that Schopenhauer said such a thing does not prove it true.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • Schopenhauer must have organized a labor party in his salad days.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • Schopenhauer is the author of a system of philosophy, and not what you seem to imagine.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for Schopenhauer


/German ˈʃoːpənhauər/
Arthur (ˈartʊr). 1788–1860, German pessimist philosopher. In his chief work, The World as Will and Idea (1819), he expounded the view that will is the creative primary factor and idea the secondary receptive factor
Derived Forms
Schopenhauerian (ˌʃəʊpənˈhaʊərɪən) adjective
Schopenhauerism, noun
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