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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: welt seam
Previous Word in the Dictionary: weltpolitik
All Words Near: weltschmerz

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up weltschmerz? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More