[ shoh-puh n-hou-er; German shoh-puh n-hou-uhr ]
/ ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊ ər; German ˈʃoʊ pənˌhaʊ ər /


Ar·thur [ahr-toor] /ˈɑr tʊər/, 1788–1860, German philosopher.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for schopenhauerian

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

    Unicorns|James Huneker
  • They are artificial, and yet bear a resemblance to certain Schopenhauerian theories.

    Egoists|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


/ (German ˈʃoːpənhauər) /


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 FormsSchopenhauerian (ˌʃəʊpənˈhaʊərɪən), adjectiveSchopenhauerism, noun
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