Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Additional territory deemed necessary to a nation, especially Nazi Germany, for its continued existence or economic well-being.
  • n. Adequate space in which to live, develop, or function.

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  • n. Hitherto unoccupied “living space” claimed as one’s rightful domain.

Etymologies

German : Lebens, genitive sing. of Leben, life (from Middle High German, from Old High German lebēn; see leip- in Indo-European roots) + Raum, space (from Middle High German roum, from Old High German rūm; see reuə- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A generalised use of Lebensraum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also much of the value of the notion of lebensraum is also perfectly in evidence here; i.e. the most fervent supporters of the empire or reich being made wealthy in foreign lands, thus rewarding and encouraging such subservience of the individual will to the geater will, all the avaliable host British territory already of course carved up.

    Dead heads and humanists

  • Then there was one of Max's German commands; "lebensraum" or something similarly linked to the Nazis, which Mr. Justice Eady apparently ruled was indistinct on the tape recording.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • He gave us at the end a definition of "lebensraum", the objective of Hitlerism at this hour.

    Hitlerism

  • As the chosen people they consider themselves superior to others and therefore do not have to justify their actions of murder and ethnic cleansing to anybody, Their rationale is the same as that of Hitler in justifying his policy directions under the heading of 'lebensraum'.

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  • If "lebensraum" was to be carried out, Hitler needed the population to fill the spaces gained in the eastern Europe.

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  • The archives posted 281 documents showing the Norwegian "lebensraum" ambitions, out of a total of around 5,000 World War II documents published in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Norway on April 09.

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  • The Judaic Republic of Israel regrets the necessity of seeking "lebensraum" in areas that had been infected with Palestinians, some for a thousand years or longer.

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  • Chinese ethnocentrism may soon be an ethnocentrism in action, as China, with its huge population, seeks "lebensraum" in Africa.

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  • Meanwhile in comments likely to inflame Chinese opinion, Japan's conservative former prime minister Shinzo Abe accused China of following a modern-day policy of "lebensraum" with its growing assertiveness over disputed territories.

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  • Except, of course, it's "little Israel," already armed with some 200 nuclear weapons, which exercises its "lebensraum" delusions on the Palestinians, who must be extirpated to make way for the master race.

    Marc Lynch

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