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A.Word.A.Day--Sturm und Drang

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Sturm und Drang (SHTOORM oont DRANG) noun

1. Turmoil; ferment.

2. A late-18th-century German romantic literary movement whose works typically depicted the struggles of a highly emotional individual against conventional society.

[German, storm and stress after Sturm und Drang (1776), a drama by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger (1752-1831).]

"About a year ago, I wrote that Ed Downe and Charlotte Ford - the famous heiress, daughter of Anne Johnson and the late Henry Ford II - were divorcing after much Sturm und Drang (including her standing by him despite his troubles with the SEC)." Liz Smith, A New Beatty Baby, Newsday, 4 Feb 1994.


Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a flea, yet he makes gods by the dozens. -Montaigne

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