schwar·​me·​rei ˌshver-mə-ˈrī How to pronounce schwarmerei (audio)
: excessive sentiment

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Much as Oswald Spengler had elevated the brooding schwarmerei of German café philosophers into a treatise, so Jünger took the rote form of the regimental memoir and affixed a bayonet to it. Thomas Meaney, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History


German Schwärmerei, from schwärmen to be enthusiastic, literally, to swarm

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schwarmerei was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Schwarmerei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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