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Zeit•geist  (tsītgīst′),USA pronunciation n. [German.]
  1. Foreign Termsthe spirit of the time;
    general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.

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zeitgeist /ˈzaɪtˌɡaɪst/ n
  1. the spirit, attitude, or general outlook of a specific time or period, esp as it is reflected in literature, philosophy, etc
Etymology: 20th Century: from German, literally: time spirit; see tide1, ghost


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