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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
We were not set out to posit ideas into the zeitgeist.
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.
But so, too, is a new crop of Arab leaders, who have adjusted their policies in line with the zeitgeist.
The pipe-smoking womanizer became a symbol of the 1970s zeitgeist, bedding countless females half his age.
Mike Allen, whose daily newsletter is one of the best barometers of the zeitgeist in Washington, summed it up neatly on Sunday.
In Denmark, empathy has long been a part of the zeitgeist of the nation, taught and valued everywhere, from preschools to corporate suites.
The Hot Topic look and feel is certainly back in the current cultural zeitgeist, with plaid, chokers, and checker prints on the runway and sensitive rappers like Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert climbing the charts.
This year, why not dig deeper into the zeitgeist of champagne and sample the smaller producers?
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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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