Todays Word: “lebensraum”

Word: lebensraum




noun: Space required for living, growth, and development.


From German Lebensraum (living space), from Leben (life) + Raum (space). Earliest documented use: 1905.


The word became well-known after its association with Hitler and his policy of expansion into Eastern Europe. He claimed that additional living space was needed for Germany’s continued existence and economic development.


“As for Turkey, after 1974, she created a Lebensraum in the north for the Turkish Cypriots and her settlers.”
Murat Metin Hakki; Property Wars in Cyprus; Cyprus Mail (Nicosia); Mar 7, 2010.

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