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Zeit·geistalso zeit·geist (tsīt′gīst′, zīt′-)
The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation: "A new cult of technological optimism has deeply embedded itself in the zeitgeist" (Sebastian Seung).
[German : Zeit, time (from Middle High German zīt, from Old High German; see dā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + Geist, spirit; see poltergeist.]
(Historical Terms) the spirit, attitude, or general outlook of a specific time or period, esp as it is reflected in literature, philosophy, etc
[C20: from German, literally: time spirit; see tide1, ghost]
the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.
A German word meaning time spirit, used to mean the spirit of the age.
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