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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Definitions for weltschmerz

  1. Sentimental pessimism; sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life.

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Citations for weltschmerz
Cohen confused his mood with his chronic weltschmerz. He spoke at great length on the vicissitudes of a sensitive spirit, his dissatisfaction, the inadequacy of this sphere as far as he was concerned. Daniel Fuchs, Summer in Williamsburg
Their eyes had met, and an inexpressibly sweet sense of eternal tragedy had passed between them, between their generations—a legacy of weltschmerz as old as humanity. Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
Origin of weltschmerz
Weltschmerz comes from German welt, "world" and schmerz, "pain." The term was coined by Jean Paul Richter in 1810.