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[shoh-puh n-hou-er; German shoh-puh n-hou-uhr]
  1. Ar·thur [ahr-toor] /ˈɑr tʊər/, 1788–1860, German philosopher.
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Related formsScho·pen·hau·er·i·an [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/, adjective
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  • Not that I profess to know anything either about Hegel or Schopenhauer.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • For instance, the mention of Schopenhauer produced smiles and laughter.

  • Schopenhauer was quite right when he said life was not worth living.

    The Silver Lining

    John Roussel

  • The fact that Schopenhauer said such a thing does not prove it true.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • Schopenhauer must have organized a labor party in his salad days.

British Dictionary definitions for schopenhauer


  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
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Derived FormsSchopenhauerian (ˌʃəʊpənˈhaʊərɪən), adjectiveSchopenhauerism, noun
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