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Sturm und Drang

[shtoo rm oo nt drahng] /ˌʃtʊərm ʊnt ˈdrɑŋ/
a style or movement of German literature of the latter half of the 18th century: characterized chiefly by impetuosity of manner, exaltation of individual sensibility and intuitive perception, opposition to established forms of society and thought, and extreme nationalism.
tumult; turmoil; upheaval.
Origin of Sturm und Drang
< German: literally, storm and stress Unabridged
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  • As history tells us, it was a period of "Sturm und Drang" in Tyrol.

    Tyrol and its People Clive Holland
  • Finally we come to Sturm und Drang, the work of an anonymous writer.

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  • It was indeed, as Mr. Gladstone noted in his diary, a time of Sturm und Drang.

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  • The Transcendentalists are not collectively important because their Sturm und Drang was intellectual and bloodless.

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  • There is a Sturm und Drang period in every man's life, depend upon it.

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British Dictionary definitions for Sturm und Drang

Sturm und Drang

/ˈʃtʊrm ʊnt ˈdraŋ/
a German literary movement of the latter half of the 18th century, characterized by a reaction against rationalism
Word Origin
literally: storm and stress, from the title of a play by F. M. von Klinger (1752–1831), German dramatist
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Word Origin and History for Sturm und Drang

1844, literally "storm and stress," late 18c. German romanticism period, taken from the title of a 1776 romantic drama by German poet Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger (1752-1831), who gave it this name at the suggestion of Christoph Kauffmann.

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