[ velt-shmerts ]
/ ˈvɛltˌʃmɛrts /
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sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism.
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How to use Weltschmerz in a sentence
Have the Zeitgeist and the Weltschmerz and the other things compared to which ‘le spleen’ was gay, done so much for us?The Rhythm of Life|Alice Meynell
The work which is presented in the following pages is intended to be a modest contribution to the natural history of Weltschmerz.
This is entirely compatible with the definition of Weltschmerz which has been attempted above.
The second bearing which his relations to Louise have upon his Weltschmerz lies in the fact that his love ended in disappointment.
Hence the difference between the pessimism of Ibsen and the romantic Weltschmerz of these uncritical minds.
British Dictionary definitions for Weltschmerz
/ German (ˈvɛltʃmɛrts) /
sadness or melancholy at the evils of the world; world-weariness
Word Origin for Weltschmerz
literally: world pain
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