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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 Warriors still run the big picture, but the internet-zeitgeist that drives the league thirsts for the new.
Obviously, the next inevitable step in the nostalgia zeitgeist is deconstructing the trend of TV revivals, and that's where Michael Showalter and Nahnatchka Khan's new ABC sitcom comes in, fittingly named Revival.
Air’s list of more than 100 bottles reflects the zeitgeist, with grower champagne favorites and pét-nats, as well as top proseccos, and even an unusual sparkling wine from Greece made from the xinomavro grape.
Viewers of the exhibit can flip through binders of tabloid clippings devoted to various stars of the era such as Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton, and look at artwork inspired by the era's zeitgeist.
But once Irish and Scottish immigrants began to arrive in America in greater numbers, the holiday made its way back into the zeitgeist.
The scene by the main stage offered a colorful snapshot of the zeitgeist:
This is not about trends, this is about the zeitgeist today.
Angela Rye has easily become one of the loudest and proudest black female voices in the zeitgeist right now.
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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
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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