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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
Representation matters because it’s vital that our communities feel supported by these celebrities who have made it to the top of the cultural zeitgeist.
The speech captured the revolutionary zeitgeist of the 1960s as well as any other.
Dozens of buildings caught up in the zeitgeist of green buildings and healthy living have voted to ban smoking even behind the doors of individual privately owned apartments in the last few months, co-op and condo lawyers say.
Still, Steyer has fans inside the impeachment cottage industry who are grateful for an ally rich enough to turn their ideas into zeitgeist.
But the Waffle House killings managed to tap more deeply into the national zeitgeist than those other cases.
Gone is the obvious wink-to-camera cheese that made the original '60s show such an embedded piece of the American TV zeitgeist.
Sometimes a speech rises above its time and place and becomes its own part of the zeitgeist.
To be mentioned on that show means that our show is in the 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.
ZEITGEIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zeitgeist for English Language Learners
: the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place
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