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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
While Mainstream Rock Songs, alt radio's more traditional cousin, remains heavy and riff-focused (vets like Theory of a Deadman and Papa Roach populate its top 5), stations like Alt Nation refuse to let go of pop's cultural zeitgeist.
The legal acquittal was, perhaps, as much a victory for the zeitgeist as for the photographer.
The illusion of zeitgeist seriousness was based primarily on the visual extravagance Scott learned from his work as an advertising wizard.
To be able to walk among the buildings where so much creativity has been flourishing and where so much of the cultural zeitgeist has been forged for generations is a wonderful and rare treat.
Others certain to attract headlines include Ivanka Trump (last night), Kellyanne Conway (tomorrow), and a sports icon in the cultural zeitgeist again, Billie Jean King.
In fact, all of Spielberg’s more old-fashioned crowd-pleasers, like The Terminal and War Horse, have failed to linger in the zeitgeist as his earlier blockbusters did.
This resurgence has also paved the way for some nostalgia-heavy comebacks—from Fiorucci, which relaunched earlier this year, to Kappa, which found itself thrust back into the zeitgeist thanks to a collaboration with Gosha Rubchinskiy.
We were not set out to posit ideas into 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.
Origin and Etymology of zeitgeist
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
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