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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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Once, in an uncharacteristic fit of Weltschmerz, Ocampo declared that he wanted to die at the age of 50 while he was still in full command of his faculties.
Some of these concepts-fatalism, work ethic, reincarnation, Confucianism, Weltschmerz and so on--are readily identifiable within specific groups, societies or nations.
The general characteristics of Joyce's style in Portrait are those of the late Victorians and the Decadents: the sensual and violent imagery of Swinburne, the colors of the Pre-Raphaelites, the use of repetition and alliteration, the pervasive air of Weltschmerz, and so on" (Naremore 334).
When attached to human, the combo can have a portentous air, evoking weltschmerz, malaise, ennui, and anomie.
Despite entrenched opposition, in order not to despair and to avoid weltschmerz I regularly reflect on Dr.
Las carceles imaginarias de Piranesi son, segun Huxley, la imagen de la acedia renacentista, del Weltschmerz romantico y del ennui frances.
We are not talking here of teenagers who want to quit this world in a fit of depression or Weltschmerz, or those who are bullied into self-destruction by natural-born brutes.
When the undergraduate hidalgo had overimbibed, and (upon returning to his rooms) could articulate his Weltschmerz only by profuse emissions of projectile vomit, there the bedder would be, cleaning up the consequent mess without a syllable of reproach.
It's maybe the vestiges of the Romantic glorification of Weltschmerz, which means world-weariness or hip ennui" (694).
However, Fitzcarraldo's grief is romantic Weltschmerz.
Leigh Stein's debut novel The Fallback Plan plumbs the Weltschmerz of lost innocence with a splendid mix of seriousness, imagination, and deadpan humor.
In order to substantiate this kind of insight, he discusses the example of philosophical melancholy as something distinct from 'any psychiatric disorder' (8) and as constituted by a) the belief that 'life is not worth living', b) specific emotional states such as Weltschmerz or a feeling of uncanniness, and c) the tendency to commit suicide.