- weary of the world; bored with existence, material pleasures, etc.
Origin of world-weary
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for world-weary
Or, worse, they are contrived to sound tired, perhaps in an attempt to come off as world-weary.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat
September 13, 2014
It has an old-fashioned, world-weary stoicism that lends a potentially ludicrous story emotional heft.The Dark Rooms Where Our Secrets Hide
February 24, 2014
McKean looks so fragile and world-weary as he speaks in his Chicago accent, he seems to require rescue.Broadway's Sweet New Play
September 30, 2009
World-weary, and in despair, he apparently wished only to die.
World-weary and sorrow-crushed, she soon followed him to the spirit-land.
De Soto, world-weary and woe-stricken, died upon the banks of the river.
"Nevertheless I'll stay," answered the world-weary voice again.Heart of Gold
Ruth Alberta Brown
The world-weary orator and lawyer was still Master Guy to him.What Will He Do With It, Complete
- no longer finding pleasure in living; tired of the world
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