worldview

noun
world·​view | \ ˈwərl(d)-ˌvyü \

Definition of worldview

: a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint

called also weltanschauung

Examples of worldview in a Sentence

The two groups have very different worldviews.

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Political controversies are mainly the manifestations of warring preconceptions and worldviews long in the making. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘Fault Lines’ Review: How Did We Get Here?," 13 Jan. 2019 Through this framing, the idea of choosing hope becomes both an existential act that affirms your humanity, and a form of resistance against cynical worldviews that dismiss hope as a powerful force for change. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 These homely little volumes, Mr. Phillips rightly contends, filled an important and mostly overlooked role in forging America’s Anglo-Protestant worldview and shaping Americans’ literary sensibilities. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘The Hymnal’ Review: How to Make a Joyful Noise," 23 Dec. 2018 Not only are these texts comprised of very specific worldviews; their very successful authors are now very comfortable, even in our current dystopia. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Do We Really Need a Handmaid’s Tale Sequel?," 29 Nov. 2018 Thus the journal removes the author’s motivations, conflicts of interests, and worldview from the presentation of a potentially controversial idea. Ars Technica, "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless," 25 Nov. 2018 The places where Thomas occasionally seems lost among other plotlines and conflicting agendas do reflect the character’s confusion in winding up in such a desolate place, with so many revelations that shake his worldview and threaten his life. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level," 12 Oct. 2018 But his aesthetic worldview changed during his college years, while on a trip to Burma. Kristin Hohenadel, ELLE Decor, "Taking a Shine," 17 May 2012 Competitive Scrabble constitutes a natural experiment for testing the feminist worldview. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Sorry, Feminists, Men Are Better at Scrabble," 16 Nov. 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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worldview

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worldview

: the way someone thinks about the world

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