[ shoh-puhn-hou-er; German shoh-puhn-hou-uhr ]

  1. Ar·thur [ahr-toor], /ˈɑr tʊər/, 1788–1860, German philosopher.

Other words from Schopenhauer

  • Scho·pen·hau·er·i·an [shoh-puhn-houuhr-ee-uhn, -hou-er-, shoh-puhn-hou-eer-ee-uhn], /ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊər i ən, -ˌhaʊ ər-, ˌʃoʊ pən haʊˈɪər i ən/, adjective

Words Nearby Schopenhauer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Schopenhauer in a sentence

  • Doubtless Schopenhauer was right: it is merely the furious determination of the race to persist.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • For Schopenhauer, long-bodied and ungainly, had come with them to Europe, and was now friends with all the gay dogs of Prague.

    The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • "Invariably to see the general in the particular is the distinguishing characteristic of genius," says Schopenhauer.

    We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18) | Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Schopenhauer wonders why Nature did not take it into her head to invent two entirely separate species of men.

    We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18) | Friedrich Nietzsche

British Dictionary definitions for Schopenhauer


/ (German ˈʃoːpənhauər) /

  1. 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 of Schopenhauer

  • Schopenhauerian (ˌʃəʊpənˈhaʊərɪən), adjective
  • Schopenhauerism, noun

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