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  1. sign of the times(Noun)

    A symbol of an era.


  1. Sign of the times

    Sign of the times is a phrase strongly associated with Roman Catholicism in the era of the Second Vatican Council. It was taken to mean that the Church should listen to, and learn from, the world around it. In other words, it should learn to read the 'sign of the times'. This phrase, though it comes from the Gospel of Matthew was used in a somewhat novel way by Pope John XXIII when he convoked the council, in the statement Humanae Salutis. It came to signify a new understanding that the Church needed to attend more closely to the world if it was to remain faithful to its calling, and marked a significant shift in theological method. The phrase has continued to be used in papal encyclicals by every pope since then.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sign of the times in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sign of the times in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Laura Lindberg:

    We are seeing this as sign of the times that people are responding to the end of the recession by being more comfortable in having a child.

  2. Andrew Kaip:

    It is a sign of the times, equity markets are to a large degree closed... Miners are looking for alternatives. Unfortunately this is an alternative of last resort.

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