Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist

[tsahyt-gahyst]
noun German.
the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.
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zeitgeist (ˈzaɪtˌɡaɪst)
 
n
the spirit, attitude, or general outlook of a specific time or period, esp as it is reflected in literature, philosophy, etc
 
[C20: from German, literally: time spirit; see tide1, ghost]

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zeitgeist
1848, from Ger. Zeitgeist, lit. "spirit of the age," from Zeit "time" (see tide) + Geist "spirit" (see ghost).
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Zeitgeist Zeit·geist (tsīt'gīst', zīt'-)
n.
The taste, outlook, and spirit characteristic of a period or generation.

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Zeitgeist [(tseyt-geyst, zeyt-geyst)]

The general moral, intellectual, and cultural climate of an era; Zeitgeist is German for “time-spirit.” For example, the Zeitgeist of England in the Victorian period included a belief in industrial progress, and the Zeitgeist of the 1980s in the United States was a belief in the power of money and the many ways in which to spend it.

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