weltanschauung

noun, often capitalized
welt·an·schau·ung | \ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋ \
plural weltanschauungs\ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋz \ or weltanschauungen\ˈvelt-ˌän-ˌshau̇-əŋ-ən \

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The German word Weltanschauung literally means "world view"; it combines "Welt" ("world") with "Anschauung" ("view"), which ultimately derives from the Middle High German verb schouwen ("to look at" or "to see"). When we first adopted it from German in the mid-19th century, "weltanschauung" referred to a philosophical view or apprehension of the universe, and this sense is still the most widely used. It can also describe a more general ideology or philosophy of life.

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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