[koo l-toor]

noun German.

(in Nazi Germany) native culture, held to be superior to that of other countries and subordinating the individual to national interests.
a civilization characteristic of a time or a people.

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Examples from the Web for kultur

Historical Examples of kultur

  • 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."

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for kultur



(often used ironically) German civilization, esp as characterized by authoritarianism and earnestness

Word Origin for Kultur

German, from Latin cultūra culture
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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.)).

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