Sturm und Drang

Sturm und Drang

[shtoorm oont drahng]
noun
1.
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.
2.
tumult; turmoil; upheaval.

Origin:
< German: literally, storm and stress

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Sturm und Drang (ˈʃtʊrm ʊnt ˈdraŋ)
 
n
a German literary movement of the latter half of the 18th century, characterized by a reaction against rationalism
 
[literally: storm and stress, from the title of a play by F. M. von Klinger (1752--1831), German dramatist]

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Sturm und Drang
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.
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