English Words of German Origin

English Words of German Origin
  • Angst: An acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom
  • Blitz: Attack suddenly and without warning
  • Delicatessen: Ready-to-eat food products
  • Doppelganger: A ghostly double of a living person that haunts its living counterpart
  • Flak: Intense adverse criticism
  • Gestalt: A configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
  • Hinterland: A remote and undeveloped area
  • Kitsch: Excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste
  • Leitmotiv: A melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)
  • Nazi: A German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
  • Poltergeist: A ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
  • Putsch: A sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
  • Realpolitik: Politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations
  • Schadenfreude: Delight in another person's misfortune
  • Zeitgeist: The spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
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