Definitions for zeitgeistˈtsaɪtˌgaɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

zeit•geistˈtsaɪtˌgaɪst(n.)

  1. the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Zeitgeist(noun)

    the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation

Wiktionary

  1. zeitgeist(Noun)

    The spirit of the age; the taste, outlook, and spirit characteristic of a period.

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  1. Zeitgeist

    The Zeitgeist is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time. For example, the Zeitgeist of modernism typified and influenced architecture, art, and fashion during much of the 20th century. The German word Zeitgeist is often attributed to the philosopher Georg Hegel, but he never actually used the word. In his works such as Lectures on the Philosophy of History, he uses the phrase der Geist seiner Zeit —for example, "no man can surpass his own time, for the spirit of his time is also his own spirit." Other philosophers who were associated with such ideas include Herder and Spencer and Voltaire. The concept counters the Great Man theory popularized by Thomas Carlyle which sees history as the result of the actions of heroes and geniuses. The first interpretation is reflected well in Indian context in the eleventh canto of Bhagavad Gita, a holy book of Hindus in a verse as said by Krishna, a godhead of Hindus, to Arjuna inspiring him to fight the battle of Kurukshetra, which translated into English means, "I am Time who wastes and destroys the people; lo, I have arisen in my might, I am here to swallow up the nations. Even without thee all they shall not be, the men of war who stand arrayed in the opposing squadrons. Therefore do thou arise and get thee great glory, conquer thy foes and enjoy a great and wealthy empire. For these, they were already slain and it is I who have slain them; be the occasion only, O Savyasachin".

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. zeitgeist

    The things that everybody believes, but that nobody understands.

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