Definition of Sturm und Drang in English:

Sturm und Drang

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Pronunciation: /ˌʃtʊəm ʊnt ˈdraŋ
, ˌʃtʊrm ʊnt ˈdraŋ/


[mass noun]
  • 1A literary and artistic movement in Germany in the late 18th century, influenced by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and characterized by the expression of emotional unrest and a rejection of neoclassical literary norms.
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    • A major turning-point for both composers seemingly came in the early 1770s, when, influenced by the German literary movement known as Sturm und Drang, music became more intense.
    • Meanwhile the German Sturm und Drang movement had initiated the worship of Shakespeare as a natural genius whose works were the supreme antidote.
    • German dramatist and lyric poet, the son of an army surgeon, and, with his early play Die Räuber, the chief figure of the Sturm und Drang period of German literature.
  • 1.1Turbulent emotion or stress: that casual morning meeting dragged into a brawling afternoon of Sturm und Drang
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    • The more familiar String Quartet also opens with a healthy dose of Sturm und Drang.
    • The intensity of their parents ' Sturm und Drang disturbs the Anton children.
    • The Sturm und Drang of Luther was safely domesticated in Lutheranism.


German, literally 'storm and stress'.

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