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.
Recent Examples on the Web From being stuck inside our own consciousness, our own (inevitably) narrow worldview. Washington Post, "Maradona was great, and maybe the greatest. Can we make similar claims about artists?," 25 Dec. 2020 Barr’s worldview also led him to conclude that the Trump administration needed to be protected from existential threats. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Bill Barr Will Go Down in History as Trump’s Worst Enabler," 15 Dec. 2020 That is an intentional process of disrupting Western, non-Indigenous perspectives and providing an alternative worldview, not just for children, but also for the caregivers who are likely to be the ones reading the books aloud. Alex Hazlett, NBC News, "Canadian illustrator Julie Flett's books reveal the truth about modern Indigenous life," 26 Nov. 2020 Hawaiian is a language that describes local geographical features and captures an ancient worldview. Daniella Zalcman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inspiring Quest to Revive the Hawaiian Language," 17 Nov. 2020 Conspiracy theories are deliberately complex and reflect an all-encompassing worldview. Timothy R. Tangherlini, The Conversation, "An AI tool can distinguish between a conspiracy theory and a true conspiracy – it comes down to how easily the story falls apart," 13 Nov. 2020 Society, family members, teachers, media, and daily interactions inform our worldview. Paco De Leon,, "Dear Paco: I’m Unemployed. How Do I Deal With My Judgmental Family Over The Festive Period?," 9 Nov. 2020 Jigsaw's researchers detail how supremacists ensnare vulnerable people online with softer versions of their hateful worldview before introducing more extreme concepts. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Google think tank's report on white supremacy says little about YouTube, blamed for its role in driving people to extremism," 16 Dec. 2020 National Review Capital Matters holds in disdain the worldview that, in its vain pursuits, squashes human flourishing. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "In Defense of Capitalism," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of worldview

1848, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2021

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“Worldview.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of worldview

: the way someone thinks about the world

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