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zeitgeist

Pronunciation: zit'gist

Definition: In psychology, the climate of opinion, conventions of thought, covert influences, and unquestioned assumptions that are implicit in a given culture, the arts, or sciences at any point in time, and in which a person operates and thus is influenced.

[Ger. zeit, time, + geist, spirit]

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