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noun. the spirit of the times . It refers to a form of supraindividual mind at work in the world and developed in the cultural world view which pervades the ideas, outlooks, and emotions of a specific culture in a particular historical period.

ZEITGEIST: "The term "zeitgeist" was coined by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, a German philosopher."

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