Zeitgeist is defined as the spirit of a generation or a period of time.
An example of zeitgeist is the free love and progressive thinking of the 1960s.
the spirit of the age; trend of thought and feeling in a period
Origin of zeitgeistGer, time spirit
The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation: “It's easy to see how a student &ellipsis; in the 1940's could imbibe such notions. The Zeitgeist encouraged Philosopher-Kings” (James Atlas).
Origin of ZeitgeistGerman : Zeit, time (from Middle High German z&imacron;t, from Old High German; see da- in Indo-European roots) + Geist, spirit; see poltergeist.
(plural zeitgeists or zeitgeister)
(plural Zeitgeists or Zeitgeister)
- Alternative capitalization of zeitgeist