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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Kennedy’s pragmatic libertarianism — his belief in limited government, pluralism, moderation, and social cohesion — didn’t fit into either of our two political tribes’ worldview. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018 But Alam subtly teases out the limits of Andrew’s adoptive parents’ worldview without painting the child himself as an immutably tragic character. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Rumaan Alam Ponders the Limits of Parental Love," 15 May 2018 Pfeffer's Netanyahu is convincingly portrayed as a devoted adherent to a rigid, right-wing worldview from birth. Noga Tarnopolsky,, "'Bibi' is a major biography of Benjamin Netanyahu. Anshel Pfeffer gets to the Israeli leader's core.," 27 Apr. 2018 Because in many ways, the college experience imparts not only knowledge, but also a worldview. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "At college decision time, conservatives face tough choices," 23 Apr. 2018 Another crucial element of Sessions’ worldview was his sense of resentment against elites. Molly Ball, Time, "Jeff Sessions Is Winning for Donald Trump. If Only He Can Keep His Job," 29 Mar. 2018 The Paddington films preach a message of acceptance that’s no less straightforward than that of The Shape of Water, encouraging viewers to share in the hero’s tolerant worldview. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Animals / Film In praise of the acting in Paddington 2," 31 Jan. 2018 This liberal worldview will be boosted by the promotion of Matt Hancock, who now rules the health department and has similar instincts. The Economist, "A quiet revolution in Theresa May’s cabinet," 12 July 2018 That worldview sets Flossmoor’s vehicular population apart. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Get That Truck Out: A Town’s Pickup Ban Runs Into Blowback," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of worldview

1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of worldview

: the way someone thinks about the world

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obstinately defiant of authority

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