from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.
  • noun A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.

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  • noun One's personal view of the world and how one interprets it.
  • noun The totality of one's beliefs about reality.
  • noun A general philosophy or view of life.


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

[Translation of German Weltanschauung.]

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A calque of German Weltanschauung, a compound of Welt ("world") + Anschauung ("view/outlook").


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  • This difference in worldview is part of the reason that the couple fails.

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  • In the book, we argued that a changing issue agenda over the past forty years - the emergence of issues like race, women's rights, sexuality and the war on terror - played an important role in driving what we described as a worldview divide.

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  • But I will say that their worldview is aggressively offensive and that a game that I might've tried is now something I won't consider because of their steadfast, intolerant stance.

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  • IOW, their worldview is an indicator of the scientific positions they'll embrace.

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  • Unfortunately, we know now that much of that worldview is wrong.

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  • Complete lack of empathy for something outside their tiny worldview is exactly what makes so many scientists useless and ineffective.

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