- sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism.
Origin of Weltschmerz
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Solomon Gabirol may be said to have been the first poet thrilled by Weltschmerz.Jewish Literature and Other Essays
It was no longer the Weltschmerz, but a Privatschmerz,32 that afflicted me.Eyes Like the Sea
Well, it is a form of Weltschmerz, and only afflicts the well-fed.Frulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther
Elizabeth von Arnim
And just as his ideals are vague and abstract, so too are the expressions of his Weltschmerz.
Weltschmerz is essentially a symptom of a period of conflict, of transition.
- sadness or melancholy at the evils of the world; world-weariness
literally: world pain
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Word Origin and History for weltschmerz
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