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Sturm und Drang


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Turmoil; ferment: "A book's historical roots represent another barrier; so does the personal Sturm und Drang of the author” ( Robert Kanigel).
  • n. A late-18th-century German romantic literary movement whose works typically depicted the struggles of a highly emotional individual against conventional society.

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  • n. Turmoil; a period of emotional intensity and anxiety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)


German, storm and stress, after Sturm und Drang, a drama by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger (1752-1831).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from German phrase with the same figurative meaning. (Wiktionary)


  • Except, perhaps, for the inclusion of the dance's peat-covered stage, strikingly filmed here as it's being put in place, there seems little about this Sturm und Drang battle of the sexes for barefoot women in thin slips and bare-chested, barefoot men in black slacks that trendy French modernist Maurice Béjart or any number of earnest modern-dance practitioners might not have done.

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  • They're Moonlighting, they're Nick and Nora, as clever and funny as can be, but it's always the Sturm und Drang that carries us away.

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  • It's a task that's knocked out some of the best, yet in the midst of all this journalistic Sturm und Drang, The Ferndale Enterprise has endured, publishing a hard copy edition every Thursday for the last 133 years and still going strong from its tiny wood-shingled office on Main Street in Ferndale, CA., courtesy most recently of the indefatigable Ms. Titus.

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  • It is refreshing that amidst all of this Sturm und Drang, some Palestinian activists remain inspired by the legacy of our Freedom Riders.

    Clarence B. Jones: I Woke Up This Morning with My Mind Set on Freedom

  • All the Sturm und Drang has beaten down the whole market, including some household names.

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  • They built on the foundation of a new historiography that had been growing quietly since the 1960s through all the Sturm und Drang of political correctness.

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  • If someone really punches my buttons, I'll start throwing words like Sturm und Drang and le nouveau roman around.

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  • I think the worst of them passed south of us, but enough Sturm und Drang spilled over to satisfy me.

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  • Re the Hillary Spiel, perhaps it is merely my own Weltschmerz that I can have no Schadenfreude at the latest Sturm und Drang surrounding the ongoing Götterdämmerung at the Times.

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  • According to Marxists, however, the story of working women—and of the rest of life—has much more Sturm und Drang.

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