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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In other words, certain things have to be true, or have to be believed, in order to sustain that worldview. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019 Chatbots trained on human data slide into racist diatribes, while A.I. hiring managers organically develop wildly sexist worldviews based on preexisting data. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Ex Machina' Foresaw the Weaponization of Data," 16 Jan. 2019 Dylan Black, the New Jersey high-school student who created the online petition, worries that the change threatens to further entrench in Americans’ minds a Eurocentric worldview. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The Controversy Over Just How Much History AP World History Should Cover," 13 June 2018 For him, beauty remains a valid and important way to express a religious worldview. Shira Telushkin, Washington Post, "High church meets high fashion: How Catholic style took over the Met," 3 May 2018 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

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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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