Welt·​an·​schau·​ung ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋ How to pronounce Weltanschauung (audio)
variants or less commonly weltanschauung
plural Weltanschauungen ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋ-ən How to pronounce Weltanschauung (audio) also Weltanschauungs ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋz How to pronounce Weltanschauung (audio)
: a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint : worldview
… she possesses a weltanschauung that is unremittingly positive …Leonore Fleischer
In my personal Weltanschauung, there is nothing wrong with arm hair, giant headphones are silly and skin-lightening products are creepy and grim.Victoria Coren Mitchell
"… We thought we could make things better for everyone. I shared that whole Kennedy-era Weltanschauung. …"Jim McBride
… British bloggers and readers are far more familiar with the American Weltanschauung. But are we also starting to write like Americans?Daniel Hannan

Word History


German, from Welt world + Anschauung view

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Weltanschauung was in 1868


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Cite this Entry

“Weltanschauung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Weltanschauung. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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