1. German. a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it.
There’s nothing in our Weltanschauung, carefully considered, that could object to a masculine eros.
— Jonathan Littell, translated by Charlotte Mandell, The Kindly Ones, 2009
“…Or isn’t that in your particular Weltanschauung?” (He’d used that word in English class a few days before and it had made a great hit.) “Sir, in my Weltanschauung it’s the bird that flies by itself.” “Beating its own wings?” “You’ve got it, sir.”
— Jonathan Strong, “The Bird That Flies by Beating Its Wings,” The Haunts of His Youth, 1999
Weltanschauung entered English in the 1860s from German meaning “world-view.”