lebensraum

noun, often capitalized
le·​bens·​raum | \ ˈlā-bənz-ˌrau̇m How to pronounce lebensraum (audio) , -bən(t)s- \

Definition of lebensraum

1 : territory believed especially by Nazis to be necessary for national existence or economic self-sufficiency
2 : space required for life, growth, or activity

Examples of lebensraum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In response, Modi and his party are now attempting to engineer a Hindutva version of lebensraum in Kashmir. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "India’s Looming Ethno-Nationalist Catastrophe," 7 Aug. 2019 This fit into the larger Nazi ideology of lebensraum, or living space, and a return to the heroic past. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "When the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinction," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of lebensraum

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lebensraum

German, from Leben living, life + Raum space

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“Lebensraum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lebensraum. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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