From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Weltanschauung \Welt"an"schau`ung\, n.; pl. Weltanschauungen.
   Lit., world view; a conception of the course of events in,
   and of the purpose of, the world as a whole, forming a
   philosophical view or apprehension of the universe; the
   general idea embodied in a cosmology.
   [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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