a style or movement of German literature of the latter half of the 18th century: characterized chiefly by impetuosity of manner, exaltation of individual sensibility and intuitive perception, opposition to established forms of society and thought, and extreme nationalism.
1844, lit. "storm and stress," late 18c. Ger. romanticism period, is taken from the title of a 1776 romantic drama by Ger. poet Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger (1752-1831), who gave it this name at the suggestion of Christoph Kauffmann.