how to pronounce weltschmerz


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the above transcription of weltschmerz is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

weltschmerz is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of weltschmerz in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:

“… bisschen nach weiter nach weltschmerz so …”

meanings of weltschmerz


  1. Causeless sadness; undue self-pity.
  2. World-weariness; weltschmerz (profound depression regarding the human condition or the state of the world).

weltschmerz frequency in german - C2+ level of CEFR

the word weltschmerz occurs in german on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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