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World-weariness   /wərld-wˈɪrinəs/   Listen

Sadness on thinking about the evils of the world.  Synonym: Weltschmerz.

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"World-weariness" Quotes from Famous Books

... with the frivolities of fashionable life, and how far it may have been baffled hope and the disenchantments of a broken dream of love, we cannot clearly tell. All may have moved him, and brought him to that strange state of isolation which she describes from his own account. But plainly the world-weariness preceded the fresh dawn of divine strength in his heart; and there is a tone of hopelessness in speaking of his detachment from all the things surrounding him, which favours the thought that some new and unwonted smart had entered into his life, and driven him forth to the ...
— Pascal • John Tulloch

Words linked to "World-weariness" :   world-weary, melancholy

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