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Definition of the noun weltschmerz

What does weltschmerz mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • weltschmerz: weltschmerzes
  • Weltschmerz: Weltschmerzes

  1. sadness on thinking about the evils of the world
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonym of Weltschmerz: world-weariness
    • more generic word: melancholy = a feeling of thoughtful sadness

Alternative definition of the noun weltschmerz


  1. [sometimes, capitalized] World-weariness; an apathetic or pessimistic view of life; depression concerning or discomfort with the human condition or state of the world.


  1. Weltschmerz is a musical group.
  2. Weltschmerz is a musical group.
    • album: "Imaginary Gardens"
  3. Weltschmerz is a musical group.
    • album: "Cry for War"


"Weltschmerz" is a musical album of Siddhartha.

  • released in (40 years ago)


Weltschmerz is a weekly comic strip in Canada, written and drawn by cartoonist Gareth Lind. The strip, which is published in alternative newsweeklies such as Eye Weekly, offers political and social satire with a regular cast of characters, similar to Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau, but with more emphasis on caricature.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Weltschmerz

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Google previewThe Reception of Alfred Tennyson in Europe (2016)

by Leonee Ormond

By definition, weltschmerz is a state of mind the subject actively drowns itself in. The resignation and escapism inherent in it was transmuted by Byron into an active restlessness exemplified by Childe Harold and Don Juan or, alternatively, into ...

Google previewMind and Health, with an Examination of Some Systems of Divine Healing (1913)

by Edward Ebenezer Weaver

The only real lasting and perfect appeal to make to such victims of the Weltschmerz is the religious one, and the quicker it is brought in by a spiritually endowed, wisely trained, and tactfully guided minister of religion, the better prognosis will ...

Google previewDrama and the World of Richard Wagner (2003)

by Dieter Borchmeyer

Weltschmerz is a form of unhappiness that does not need to have a specific cause ...

Google previewFather Brown and the Ten Commandments (2017)

Selected Mystery Stories by John Peterson

Weltschmerz is a German concept and means “worldweariness”. Back to text. 3 The Latin phrase De mortuis nihil nisi bonum translates to “Of the dead, say nothing unless good.” Back to text. 4 Lord Byron (1788—1824) was an English poet ...

Google previewThe Jane Addams Reader (2008)

by Jean Bethke Elshtain, Jean Elshtain

Weltschmerz is a German word meaning “worldweariness,” signifying especially the torments of youth. 3. Of course, what Addams fails to note here is that the German welfare state was also very much a warfare state under the centralizing ...

Google previewForeignisms (2012)

by Tad Tuleja

Part anomie, part ANGST, and part boredom, Weltschmerz is an appropriate state of mind, perhaps, only for someone in a crisis: an adolescent or midlife passage, for example. By definition the uneasiness is nonspecific: if you can pin down its ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2015)

by Chris Baldick

A fashion for morbid and selfindulgent melancholy or *Weltschmerz provoked by J. W. von Goethe's *sentimental novel Die Lieden des jungen Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1774), in which the hero commits suicide ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature (1995)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

weltschmerz. a happy ending. Conventional romantic conflicts were a staple subject of such plays (for example, the problem of a pretty girl who must choose between a wealthy, unscrupulous suitor and a poor but honest young man).

Google previewDictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Bibliography of philosophy, psychology, and cognate subjects, comp. by Benjamin Rand ... 2 pt. 1905 (1903)

by James Mark Baldwin, Benjamin Rand

Weltelend und Weltschmerz. Bonn, 1873, pp. зб.

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Weltschmerz of the yellow mongoose

Sad looking yellow mongoose aka red meerkata. This beautiful species lives in South-Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The color of the fur can be different. In Dutch "vosmangoest" = "fox mongoose", which you can easily understand.

Dromerige vosmangoest in de zoo van Rijsel, Noord-Frankrijk. Mooie beestjes die in zuidelijk Afrika leven, soms vergezeld van stokstaartjes.

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Weltschmerz Meaning

Video shows what weltschmerz means. World-weariness; an apathetic or pessimistic view of life; depression concerning or discomfort with the human condition ...

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Scrabble value of W4E1L1T1S1C3H4M3E1R1Z10

The value of this 11-letter word is 30 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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