Todays Word: “lebensraum”

Word: lebensraum

PRONUNCIATION:

(LAY-behns-roum)

MEANING:

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

ETYMOLOGY:

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

NOTES:

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.

USAGE:

“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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