noun ten·denz \tenˈdents\

Definition of tendenz



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of tendenz

German, literally, tendency, from Medieval Latin tendentia

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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