The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time: the story captured the zeitgeist of the late 1960s
More example sentences
- When the young Beethoven arrived in Vienna in 1792, the musical zeitgeist was defined by Haydn and Mozart.
- In many ways the Perrons' story captured the zeitgeist last year.
- The stories capture the zeitgeist of the experience, if not the objective reality.
mid 19th century: from German Zeitgeist, from Zeit 'time' + Geist 'spirit'.
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