Zeitgeist


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Zeit·geist

also zeit·geist  (tsīt′gīst′, zīt′-)
n.
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 Indo-European roots) + Geist, spirit; see poltergeist.]

zeitgeist

(ˈzaɪtˌɡaɪst)
n
(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]

zeit•geist

(ˈtsaɪtˌgaɪst)

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

zeitgeist

A German word meaning time spirit, used to mean the spirit of the age.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Zeitgeist - the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
flavor, flavour, feel, spirit, smell, feeling, look, tone - the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
Translations

zeitgeist

[ˈzaɪtgaɪst] nair m du temps

Zeitgeist

nZeitgeist m
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It is not clear to me why this faculty of response is vigorously denied to readers, since it must be possessed by someone (directors and actors, for example) in order for the text to achieve performance at all, but the concept of script is perhaps useful in celebrating the endurance of the plays in the modern theater and the media - not as historical artifacts to be meticulously reconstructed, but as vehicles uniquely responsive to the zeitgeist of our, as of every, age.