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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).]
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) sadness or melancholy at the evils of the world; world-weariness
[literally: world pain]
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sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life.
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