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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
Thanks to the fragmentation of the media audience and the rise of nontraditional platforms like YouTube, the younger generation doesn’t necessarily share equally in the zeitgeist.
Katz belabors the scene, showing the fan post pictures of herself with Heather to Instagram as if this were some revelation about the zeitgeist.
All the while, Trump is trying to keep in touch with the cultural zeitgeist.
Dash’s public image began, in large part, with a role in Clueless, a 1995 zeitgeist-y teen film that led to other acting roles.
Add in the wine zeitgeist, with drinkers craving more than soft, fruity reds and whites.
But Chalamet's place in the zeitgeist seems to have remained intact; the actor has just appeared in a new track from Tyler, The Creator.
The Off-White founder and designer, known for his collaborations and zeitgeist-defining taste, will be the first African-American artistic director at the French house.
Wood appreciates the connection to the zeitgeist, but isn’t entirely comfortable with it.
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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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