zeitgeist
[ tsahyt-gahyst ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Mid 19th century; German from German Zeitgeist, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geist ‘spirit’
Synonyms
  • spirit
  • feeling
Definition
the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time
Example
The movie captured the zeitgeist of the early 2000s.
Usage Over Time

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