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collective memory

a memory or memories shared or recollected by a group, as a community or culture.
any collection of memories passed from one generation to the next. Unabridged
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  • But each time it rumbles, it sends a shudder through the local collective memory.
  • We will be allowed to catch a glimpse of a forgotten world, which has disappeared from humanity's collective memory.
  • The faster the world changes, the more important it becomes for firms to stem collective memory loss.
  • It was in conflict with the collective memory of the nation.
  • Their children and grandchildren are here and their legacies: in buildings and businesses or in the town's collective memory.
  • In war, collective memory is shaped by rulers, armies and civilians.
  • These communities of our collective memory valued loyalty and the offer of helping hands.
  • Libraries are also our collective memory, since history and human experience are best preserved in writing.
  • The epic is the collective memory of a people, offering poetic memory as a way to transcend the afflictions and losses of history.
  • collective memory, great planning, textbook mothballing process helped revive unique test facility.
British Dictionary definitions for collective memory

collective memory

the shared memories of a group, family, race, etc
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