Definition of lost generation in English:

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lost generation


1The generation reaching maturity during and just after the First World War, a high proportion of whose men were killed during those years.
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  • The stage is the designer's evocation of a World War I blue remembered battlefield, peopled by a ghostly lost generation in sad tin hats and mouldy cloth, their women anonymous wraiths in caps and shrouds.
  • She made the comment about ‘the lost generation,’ which became the catch phrase used to describe the post World War I characters of The Sun Also Rises.
  • The Age of Anxiety, the age of the lost generation, was also an age in which modern Fascism and Totalitarianism made their appearance on the historical stage.
1.1An unfulfilled generation coming to maturity during a period of instability.
Example sentences
  • But a number are genuinely interested in politics in a serious manner - and these people I feel particular sorrow for, as they are potentially a lost generation.
  • More frightening is the future of a lost generation of our nation's youth.
  • I have seen our lost generation of young people, in hostels for the homeless or out on the streets.


Phrase applied by Gertrude Stein to disillusioned young American writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, and Ezra Pound, who went to live in Paris in the 1920s.

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