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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Meanwhile, Trump has fired or sidelined key foreign policy advisers who share Mattis' internationalist worldview. Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle," 10 July 2018 But that Brooks, and many, many of his fellow Republicans in Congress -- who as a co-equal branch of government seem entirely unwilling to raise questions about that worldview -- is even worse. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "What Donald Trump said about the media is bad. What Mo Brooks said is even worse.," 14 June 2018 And growing up in such an eclectic household undoubtedly helped to shape the singer’s worldview. Scott Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Michael Franti champions the ‘Human’ element," 4 June 2018 Mattie, Riley's girlfriend and Leona's granddaughter, furnishes a defining metaphor that illustrates what seems to be the author's intriguing worldview. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "In 'All Coyote's Children,' eastern Oregon author links family, land, loss and culture," 4 June 2018 The paper’s worldview remains largely confined to centrist neoliberalism. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Times’ Intellectual Diversity," 1 Mar. 2018 Yet ingratitude toward America is central to the Left’s worldview — further reinforcing the unhappiness of its adherents. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Liberals and Conservatives Are Unhappy for Different Reasons," 13 Feb. 2018 His worldview spanned the Old Left of the 1930s and the New Left of the 1960s and ’70s. James Panero, WSJ, "‘Charles White: A Retrospective’ Review: Shimmering Black History Brought to Life," 27 June 2018 Since then, the historical perspectives of millions of young people, in AP and non-AP classes alike, have been shaped by their exposure to that expansive worldview. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Educators fight effort to scale back AP World History," 16 June 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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