ten·​denz | \ tenˈdents \
plural tendenzen\ -​ntsən \

Definition of tendenz

: a dominating point of view or purpose influencing the structure and content of a literary work : leaning scarcely a week went by without a new magazine of some unearthly tendenz or other appearing on the stands— H. L. Mencken

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History and Etymology for tendenz

German, literally, tendency, from Medieval Latin tendentia

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“Tendenz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tendenz. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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