Definition of Weltanschauung in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛltˌanʃaʊʊŋ/

noun (plural Weltanschauungen /ˈvɛltˌanʃaʊ(ə)n/)

A particular philosophy or view of life; the world view of an individual or group.
Example sentences
  • Nevertheless, public opinion supports the view that Nazism and Bolshevism are philosophies - Weltanschauungen implacably opposed to each other.
  • As a reflection of the general political situation much of the press was closely affiliated with political parties and/or social classes and embodied a specific Weltanschauung, a typical world-view.
  • Utopianism I here define as the search for an overarching Weltanschauung, or the embrace of a teleology, of sure and certain ‘progress.’


German, from Welt 'world' + Anschauung 'perception'.

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