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[koo l-toor] /kʊlˈtur/
noun, German.
(in Nazi Germany) native culture, held to be superior to that of other countries and subordinating the individual to national interests.
culture (def 4).
a civilization characteristic of a time or a people. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Kultur
Historical Examples
  • 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


(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



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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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