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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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Examples from the Web for schopenhauerian

Historical Examples

  • They are artificial, and yet bear a resemblance to certain Schopenhauerian theories.


    James Huneker

  • Wotan must needs become a Schopenhauerian; and Siegfried, a pessimist at the close.


    James Huneker

  • So far it is Will and not Idea that is manifested in the revolutionary labor movement, to use the Schopenhauerian terms.

    Major Prophets of To-Day

    Edwin E. Slosson

British Dictionary definitions for schopenhauerian


  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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