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Sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism.

[German : Welt, world; see Weltanschauung + Schmerz, pain (from Middle High German smërze, from Old High German smerzo).]


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) sadness or melancholy at the evils of the world; world-weariness
[literally: world pain]



n. German.
sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life.
[literally, world-pain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Weltschmerz - sadness on thinking about the evils of the worldWeltschmerz - sadness on thinking about the evils of the world
melancholy - a feeling of thoughtful sadness
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He was a superb teacher, but also someone insulated with an observable layer of self-concern, albeit usually termed by him as Weltschmerz.
Comically, the boy strikes a pose of romantic Weltschmerz, insisting he is deeply unhappy and shall never marry.
For the self-contempt implicit in the act of suicide has to be seen as qualitatively different from the fashionable weltschmerz displayed by both Chopin's prose style and most of the pictures in Vogue.
The chapter modulates from the Weltschmerz and disgust of Celine, in whose fragmented, ellipses-ridden style the entire chapter is written, through Vishnu's return to earth as the avatar Blue Maverick, a kind of cartoon Krishna,(5) to the concluding passage in which Chris's perception of Maverick-Krishna's apparent re-return is conveyed in Hopkins-like cadences: "it was again Maverick intruding on a black-and-white world .
For me Zionism is not a way out for Weltschmerz of Jewry.
Yet within pop culture, they urged their teenage weltschmerz constituency to regard pop as an enemy, "popularity" being nothing but a drab, imposed conformity.
I remembered how Jaacop had said how almost everyone suffers from Weltschmerz when they're young, when the interest in the self awakens in the form of questions about the Self awakening to its own death and how sometimes, looking at animals, he had wondered why he wasn't an animal himself.
Yet if Wojahn's material is often heavy and bleak, and excessively self-referential, his Weltschmerz is also leavened with a sardonic, knowing humor: "May the author / now erase himself?
Death in the Rain is a novel about unrequited love, about our imprisonment in our own bodies, about the fragmentary quality of existence, and about Weltschmerz.
Bradley's main point is that the change does not depart radically from the Romantic Weltschmerz manifested in Ruskin's love of Italy's golden past before a corrupt Renaissance degraded it.
A violent apparition materializing from the shadows of memory, the Hong Kong star who made his Hollywood debut in The Replacement Killers and is slated to appear next in producer Oliver Stone's upcoming The Corruptor imbues action with tenderness and regret, having one foot securely in the stoic moral codes of Only Angels Have Wings and the other in the weltschmerz of Wings of Desire.