zeitgeist


zeit·geist

noun, often capitalized \ˈtsīt-ˌgīst, ˈzīt-\

: the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place

Full Definition of ZEITGEIST

:  the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era

Examples of ZEITGEIST

  1. His songs perfectly captured the zeitgeist of 1960s America.

Origin of ZEITGEIST

German, from Zeit + Geist spirit
First Known Use: 1835

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