philosophy of life

noun phrase

: an overall vision of or attitude toward life and the purpose of life
[translation of German Lebensphilosophie] : any of various philosophies that emphasize human life or life in general

Examples of philosophy of life in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bill Walton’s philosophy of life can be found in the title of an ESPN 2023 documentary on his life. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2024 With not just his music, but also his philosophy of life and his motivational demeanor, Duki has been able to harness the attention of a generation that previously didn’t have a voice or a role model, much like reggaetón did in Puerto Rico. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 6 Dec. 2023 Musk’s insistence on packaging that idea, already megalomaniacal, with a logo that resembles a nerdy middle-school boy’s notebook doodle underscores a difficult truth: Nerdy middle-school boyhood, once a phase to be outgrown, has become a philosophy of life. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 31 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of philosophy of life was in 1760

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“Philosophy of life.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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