Definition of Wissenschaft in US English:

Wissenschaft

noun

  • The systematic pursuit of knowledge, learning, and scholarship (especially as contrasted with its application).

    • ‘One outcome of these discoveries was the breakup of the old hierarchy of the disciplines, which had been based on judgments about the degree to which a discipline exhibited the logic of well-formed Wissenschaft.’
    • ‘In its place Berlin stressed two quite different but interrelated enterprises: orderly, disciplined critical research, or Wissenschaft, and professional education.’
    • ‘As a biblical scholar, I found that Morgan's treatments of the wisdom tradition moved mostly at the meta-critical level - largely dependent on Wissenschaft and its questions and assumptions about wisdom, literature and the sages.’
    • ‘Might the thought be the Weberian idea that Wissenschaft must now follow its own internal dynamics, so that any influence from the side of religion is now intellectually irresponsible?’

Origin

German, literally ‘knowledge’.

Pronunciation

Wissenschaft

/ˈvisənˌSHäft/