from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation: "It's easy to see how a student . . . in the 1940's could imbibe such notions. The Zeitgeist encouraged Philosopher-Kings” ( James Atlas).
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- n. Alternative capitalization of zeitgeist
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The spirit or genius of the time; that general drift of thought or feeling which particularly characterizes any period of time: a German word occasionally used in English.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
Pundits employ the term Zeitgeist to describe the temper of the times, the “feel” of a particular era.
Zeitgeist is a German word which means 'Time' 'Spirit'.
(TSEYT-geyst, ZEYT-geyst) The general moral, intellectual, and cultural climate of an era; Zeitgeist is German for time-spirit.
Along this scheme, though without employing the term Zeitgeist,
Zeitgeist is a German word meaning "spirit of the times."
I then got to thinking that if these heathen brutes could be introduced to the joys of producing actual musical notes from their hellish plastic pipes there might just be a shift in Zeitgeist amongst them and they might seek to actually make music.
This goes so much against the Zeitgeist, is so politically incorrect and seems so outrageous to contemporary sensibilities that the Guardian, Daily Mail, Telegraph and Times all carried the story.
Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and/or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambience, morals, and sociocultural direction or mood of an era (similar to the English word mainstream or trend).
Zeitgeist is the wrong word ... they lack that 'something' that Enterprise had.
Of course Google 2002 Zeitgeist is also a useful monitor of what's been important in the news and culture in the past year, especially the fascinating timeline.