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Weltschmerz

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[velt-shmerts] /ˈvɛltˌʃmɛrts/
noun, German.
1.
sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism.
Origin of Weltschmerz
literally, world-pain
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Weltschmerz

/ˈvɛltʃmɛrts/
noun
1.
sadness or melancholy at the evils of the world; world-weariness
Word Origin
literally: world pain
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weltschmerz

n.

"pessimism about life," 1875, from German Weltschmerz, coined 1810 by Jean Paul Richter, from Welt "world" (see world) + Schmerz "pain" (see smart (n.)). Popularized in German by Heine.

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