Weltanschauung

Weltanschauung

[velt-ahn-shou-oong]
noun German.
a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity's relation to it.

Origin:
literally, world-view

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Weltanschauung (ˈvɛltanʃauʊŋ)
 
n
a comprehensive view or personal philosophy of human life and the universe
 
[from Welt world + Anschauung view]

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weltanschauung
1868, from Ger., from welt "world" + anschauung "perception" (related to Eng. show).
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