Weltschmerz

Weltschmerz

[velt-shmerts]
noun German.
sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism.
Also, weltschmerz.


Origin:
literally, world-pain

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Weltschmerz (ˈvɛltʃmɛrts)
 
n
sadness or melancholy at the evils of the world; world-weariness
 
[literally: world pain]

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weltschmerz
"pessimism about life," 1875, from Ger. Weltschmerz, coined 1810 by Jean Paul Richter, from Welt "world" + Schmerz "pain." Popularized in Ger. by Heine.
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