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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 play was written in 1993, set in 1953, so a lot of the references are not exactly of the zeitgeist right now.
Jacobs-Jenkins adroitly captures the zeitgeist of the contemporary workplace, the desire to be seen and appreciated, the psychological disconnect that can lead to bloody violence.
There are surely still plenty of surprises in store that will be saved for the film’s release on May 18th, and given how the character has managed to stay part of the zeitgeist over the past couple years, don’t call it a comeback.
Here, the designers discuss their own roads to better self-care and the complex process behind creating a timeless scent that captures the current zeitgeist for aspirational escapism.
The luck of being born at a time in history when your particular aptitudes and passions fit that of the zeitgeist.
What was so brilliant about the show, and another nod to Karl's innate ability to capture the fashion zeitgeist, is that this is exactly how women want to dress now.
As weed's profile rises, cannabidiol is in the zeitgeist.
Michael Bolton has re-entered the zeitgeist over the last decade for his wry, unblinking self-parody.
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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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