worldview

noun
world·​view | \ ˈwərl(d)-ˌvyü How to pronounce worldview (audio) \

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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Claiming that a woman is certainly a gold digger reaffirms a worldview pleasing to those who’d like to believe that men are the ones with the real power, and, if a woman ever exerts power, it’s been generously bestowed on her by a man. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kamala Harris Is Already Being Called a Prostitute," 29 Jan. 2019 The progressive politics of Creek are Trojan horsed in the sitcom format, through its working-class characters, their relationships, and its gentle worldview, in which the people are flawed and human but ultimately good, and undeniably valued. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Dan Levy Made the Funniest Show on TV," 16 Jan. 2019 Unfortunately, none of this makes up for a worldview that blends the laziest leftist clichés with absurd Islamist fictions. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 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

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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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