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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Zeitgeistnoun

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


  1. zeitgeistnoun

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


  1. zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist is a German term, often used in English, that means "spirit of the age" or "spirit of the times". It refers to the dominant set of ideas, beliefs, thoughts, and culture that define a particular period of time or era. These can include political climate, moral attitudes, social norms, and intellectual trends. The zeitgeist is typically reflective of the collective consciousness or mood of a society at a specific period in time.


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zeitgeist

    tsīt′gīst, n. the spirit of the age. [Ger.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. zeitgeist

    The things that everybody believes, but that nobody understands.

Editors Contribution

  1. zeitgeistnoun

    The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.

    My zeitgeist is to fulfill the law of the Most High for the Almighty God with Jesus Christ.

    Etymology: Generation

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 18, 2024  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Zeitgeist in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Zeitgeist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Zeitgeist in a Sentence

  1. Robert H Bork:

    No church that panders to the zeitgeist deserves respect, and very shortly it will not get respect, except from those who find it politically useful, and that is less respect than disguised contempt.

  2. Jim Orr:

    Jordan Peele has really crafted an extraordinary story that I think once again is going to capture the cultural zeitgeist, jordan Peele is recognized as just an amazing talent. Jordan Peele crafts films that make you think, that are extraordinarily well-acted, well-written and are amazingly entertaining.

  3. Joanna Rudnick:

    The public zeitgeist right now is trying to expand that lens on beauty, sarah walked through life looking down and we're responsible for making people feel that way. We all have the power to not look at someone like a disease.

  4. Dayna Isom Johnson:

    Because Etsy sellers have the shortest supply chain in the market -- moving directly from idea to production -- we're constantly seeing emerging inventory that reflect the zeitgeist, and this year's holiday cards are no exception.

  5. Anthony Anderson:

    We're in the zeitgeist of the world, but I think that question is better asked to somebody who is outside of the culture or is a fan of the series.

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