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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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Examples from the Web for schopenhauerian
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  • They are artificial, and yet bear a resemblance to certain schopenhauerian theories.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Wotan must needs become a schopenhauerian; and Siegfried, a pessimist at the close.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • So far it is Will and not Idea that is manifested in the revolutionary labor movement, to use the schopenhauerian terms.

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for schopenhauerian


/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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