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
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- 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'.
( informal )
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- To hear some people talk, their subsequent actions amount to a cautionary tale about this most zeitgeisty side of modern capitalism.
- Hitching a lift on such a zeitgeisty channel could be the making of a rookie presenter's career.
- The idea of "respect" in politics seemed so zeitgeisty a couple of years ago but today it's almost a dirty word.
Definition of zeitgeist in:
- The US English dictionary