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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Definitions for Zeitgeist

  1. [Often capitalized] The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.

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Citations for Zeitgeist
The best writers of that predawn era were originals who had the zeitgeist by the tail. Gary Giddins, Visions of Jazz: The First Century
As most critics and all professors of cultural theory note, Madonna is nothing if not a skilled reader of the zeitgeist. , Chicago Sun-Times
Origin of Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist is from the German: Zeit, "time" + Geist, "spirit."