Zeitgeist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Zeitgeist the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zeitgeist The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Zeitgeist The spirit or genius of the time; that general drift of thought or feeling which particularly characterizes any period of time: a German word occasionally used in English.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zeitgeist tsīt′gīst the spirit of the age.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G.; zeit, time + geist, spirit. See Tide (n.); Ghost (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger.

Usage

In literature:

That the young are the only bridge to the promised land of the zeitgeist of capitalism.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Well, the Zeitgeist was descending upon Polchester, and Ronder was its agent.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
It's all the Zeitgeist: that's where it is.
"Post-Prandial Philosophy" by Grant Allen
Matthew Arnold spoke of Heine as a sardonic smile on the face of the Zeitgeist.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
The authors and thinkers themselves have been the first to feel the Zeitgeist.
"The Arena" by Various
Where should I go for tea and for news of the workings of the Zeitgeist?
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
It claimed, according to G.B.S., to be the Zeitgeist.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
Matthew Arnold would have expressed this by saying that we are required to be made accessible to the influence of the Zeitgeist.
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
What's the matter with you in this here Zeitgeist that Carlyle talks about!
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
A man of intelligence must move with the Zeitgeist!
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
There is irony in the pranks of the Zeitgeist.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
He wrote the Zeitgeist and Christianity, '62, The Darwinians, '75, and several other works.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
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In news:

Whitney Houston was the "top trending" search of 2012 according to Google Inc.'s year-end "zeitgeist" report.
' Ordinary ' guy captures suburban Zeitgeist.
Payback Directed by Jennifer Baichwal Zeitgeist Films Opens April 25, Film Forum.
Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist Films.
5 campaign with Brad Pitt has officially entered the zeitgeist.
David Row 's Futuristic Abstractions Scramble for Techno-Zeitgeist.
Free jazz saxophonist performs at Zeitgeist Friday.
Young Leaders Fund committee members accepted proclamations Thursday for Young Leaders Day from Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen at the Zeitgeist Arts Building in downtown Duluth.
Will Coviello profiles Rene Broussard, whose Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center has brought New Orleans unusual -- and controversial -- film offerings for 25 years.
We Listen to All Four Versions of ' Zeitgeist ' So You Don't Have To.
See all past events at Zeitgeist Gallery.
Zeitgeist 's mission is to keep new music alive and evolving.
Zeitgeist 's Web site.
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center.
ZEITGEIST By Bruce Sterling.
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In science:

The Zeitgeist is well documented in the Princeton conference on “Dark Matter in the Universe”, which marks the hey-day of the MACHO Era.
RIP: The Macho Era (1974-2004)
According to the new zeitgeist, the real world of phenomena must be consulted after all, if only to position ourselves within a perfect, but inaccessible, Multiverse.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
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