Lost Generation

  1. the generation of men and women who came of age during or immediately following World War I: viewed, as a result of their war experiences and the social upheaval of the time, as cynical, disillusioned, and without cultural or emotional stability.

  2. a group of American writers of this generation, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Dos Passos.

Origin of Lost Generation

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for Lost Generation

Lost Generation

noun(sometimes not capitals)
  1. the large number of talented young men killed in World War I

  2. the generation of writers, esp American authors such as Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway, active after World War I

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Cultural definitions for lost generation

lost generation

The young adults of Europe and America during World War I. They were “lost” because after the war many of them were disillusioned with the world in general and unwilling to move into a settled life. Gertrude Stein is usually credited with popularizing the expression.

Notes for lost generation

The characters in the book The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, are examples of the lost generation.

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