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Kultur

[koo l-toor] /kʊlˈtur/
noun, German.
1.
(in Nazi Germany) native culture, held to be superior to that of other countries and subordinating the individual to national interests.
2.
culture (def 4).
3.
a civilization characteristic of a time or a people.
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  • They are aggressively German in sentiment, language, character and Kultur.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Some tame professors are paid by the State to give an impression of "Kultur."

    Face to Face with Kaiserism

    James W. Gerard
  • "The artist says that you have no Kultur," I told him; for I wanted to see how he received a shock.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • "I am sure that is not a proof of Kultur," I said hurriedly.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • Kultur can by no means dispense with passions, vices and malignities.

  • Kultur is sharply antithetical to civilization in its meaning.

  • The German is the happy bearer of Kultur to a barbarian world.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • We have to populate the earth, and to carry the blessings of our Kultur all over the world.

  • Those were the things which I had grouped under the heading, Kultur.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • It is the mark of Kultur to be able to laugh at all sentiments.

    Rada Alfred Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for Kultur

Kultur

/kʊlˈtʊə/
noun
1.
(often used ironically) German civilization, esp as characterized by authoritarianism and earnestness
Word Origin
German, from Latin cultūraculture
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Word Origin and History for Kultur

kultur

n.

1914, originally, "civilization as conceived by the Germans" (especially their own), a word from the First World War and always at first ironic, from German kultur, from Latin cultura (see culture (n.)).

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