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Examples of zeitgeist in a Sentence
His songs perfectly captured the zeitgeist of 1960s America.
Recent Examples of zeitgeist from the Web
The Duffer Brothers to music supervisor Nora Felder, had an inkling that the retro-Spielbergian series would tap into the cultural zeitgeist and quickly become a breakout smash.
The human-or-replicant question doesn’t satisfy the current zeitgeist ruled by Marvel and Pixar, because the art-or-junk issue remains unresolved.
At the same time, Nocturam isn't a diagnostic work—Bonello isn’t out to analyze the zeitgeist but rather create an aesthetic that reflects its mysteries and contradictions.
While the show was as zeitgeist-y as zeitgeist-y gets, Gossip Girl never did particularly well in the ratings.
Seizing the political zeitgeist, Sinclair Broadcast Group doubled down on becoming the nation’s largest broadcaster with its bid to buy Tribune Media.
Its hustle is rooted in subtlety, in finding sweet spots that profit from, yet also transcend the zeitgeist.
Inside Paradeplatz, an online newspaper with a knack for capturing the financial zeitgeist, describes Mr Elmer as the most underrated opponent the banks have ever faced.
For Conleth Hill, who stars in the West End’s latest production of the play alongside Imelda Staunton, its themes chime neatly with the current zeitgeist.
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Did You Know?
Scholars have long maintained that each era has a unique spirit, a nature or climate that sets it apart from all other epochs. In German, such a spirit is known as "Zeitgeist," from the German words Zeit, meaning "time," and Geist, meaning "spirit" or "ghost." Some writers and artists assert that the true zeitgeist of an era cannot be known until it is over, and several have declared that only artists or philosophers can adequately explain it. We don’t know if that’s true, but we do know that "zeitgeist" has been a useful addition to the English language since at least 1835.
Origin and Etymology of zeitgeist
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
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