weltschmerz


welt·schmerz

noun, often capitalized \ˈvelt-ˌshmerts\

Definition of WELTSCHMERZ

1
:  mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state
2
:  a mood of sentimental sadness

Origin of WELTSCHMERZ

German, from Welt world + Schmerz pain
First Known Use: 1864

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