Weltschmerz

or welt·schmerz

[ velt-shmerts ]
/ ˈvɛltˌʃmɛrts /

noun German.

sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism.

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Origin of Weltschmerz

literally, world-pain
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British Dictionary definitions for weltschmerz

Weltschmerz
/ German (ˈvɛltʃmɛrts) /

noun

sadness or melancholy at the evils of the world; world-weariness

Word Origin for Weltschmerz

literally: world pain
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