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Sturm und Drang

[shtoorm oo nt drahng]
noun
  1. a style or movement of German literature of the latter half of the 18th century: characterized chiefly by impetuosity of manner, exaltation of individual sensibility and intuitive perception, opposition to established forms of society and thought, and extreme nationalism.
  2. tumult; turmoil; upheaval.
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Origin of Sturm und Drang

< German: literally, storm and stress
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Related Words

fermenttumultturbulenceturmoilupheaval

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Historical Examples

  • Was it original with my dear prince, or did he memorize it from Klinger's great 'Sturm-und-Drang' tragedy?

    Old Fritz and the New Era

    Louise Muhlbach


British Dictionary definitions for sturm und drang

Sturm und Drang

noun
  1. a German literary movement of the latter half of the 18th century, characterized by a reaction against rationalism
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Word Origin

literally: storm and stress, from the title of a play by F. M. von Klinger (1752–1831), German dramatist
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Word Origin and History for sturm und drang

Sturm und Drang

1844, literally "storm and stress," late 18c. German romanticism period, taken from the title of a 1776 romantic drama by German poet Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger (1752-1831), who gave it this name at the suggestion of Christoph Kauffmann.

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