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
German : Zeit, time (from Middle High German zīt, from Old High German; see dā- in Indo-European roots) + Geist, spirit; see poltergeist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)