plural tendenzen
: 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 standsH. L. Mencken

Word History


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 22 Jul. 2024.

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