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zeitgeisty

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From zeitgeist +‎ -y

AdjectiveEdit

zeitgeisty (comparative zeitgeistier, superlative zeitgeistiest)

  1. (informal) Conforming to the zeitgeist, contemporary, trendy, modern
    • 2001, Dr. Peter Knight, Conspiracy Culture: From Kennedy to 'The X-Files[1], Routledge, ISBN 9780415189781, page 183:
      Behind this zeitgeisty observation, however, lies the more convincing …
    • 2008, 2009 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market[2], Language and Arts, F+W Media, ISBN 9781582975436:
      This is the major problem of the new project that I am working on — it is so zeitgeisty that each day that passes that it is not yet fully written makes it feel more and more dated.
    • 2010, David Browne, Goodbye 20th Century[3], ReadHowYouWant, ISBN 9781458778871, page 348:
      "Sonic Youth are always zeitgeisty,” says Cafritz, “so it sounded really appealing at that moment.
    • 2011, Kim Newman, Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s[4], Bloomsbury, ISBN 9781408805039, page 173:
      ... near future corporate wars and 'the realist underground' and was eclipsed by the zeitgeistier The Matrix (1999).
    • 2010, Gideon Haigh, The Office: A Hardworking History[5], The Miegunyah Press, ISBN 9780522855562, page viii:
      Social trendspotters nodded as that zeitgeistiest of journalists, The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell, called for …

Usage notesEdit

Some mistakenly believe that since the root is from the German Zeitgeist (English zeitgeist) that it should be capitalized. This is wrong. Zeitgeisty is an adjective and, aside from the beginning of a sentence or in a title, it should not be capitalized.

SynonymsEdit