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 Weltanschauungen (audio) \ also Weltanschauungs\ ˈvelt-​ˌän-​ˌshau̇-​əŋz How to pronounce Weltanschauungs (audio) \

Definition of Weltanschauung

: 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

First Known Use of Weltanschauung

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Weltanschauung

German, from Welt world + Anschauung view

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“Weltanschauung.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Weltanschauung. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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