Definition of sign of the times in English:

sign of the times


  • Something judged to indicate the nature of a particular period, typically something undesirable.

    ‘the theft was a sign of the times’
    • ‘It is, perhaps, a sign of the times that neither of them was born in Yorkshire, but the pair of them were just as proud to receive their caps as any native would have been.’
    • ‘It's a shame there aren't a few more libertarian voices amongst the newcomers - but I supposed that's just a sign of the times.’
    • ‘It is a sign of the times, I suppose, that the news has been greeted with relatively muted response.’
    • ‘Is all this just one other sign of the times: the gradual dumbing down of British society?’
    • ‘Sadly it's probably a sign of the times that this time around it's the reporter and not the subject of his report that's the centre of all the attention.’
    • ‘It is extremely rare that something like this should happen, but it is a sign of the times, sadly.’
    • ‘It's a sad sign of the times but one that is increasingly accepted to provide reassurance: a necessary inconvenience - no more, no less.’
    • ‘A few weeks ago, in another sign of the times, the chief judge of the Raboteau trial was attacked and severely beaten.’
    • ‘In a sign of the times, the fast food giant is getting rid of the extra-large portions that had become one of its signatures.’
    • ‘I suppose it's a sign of the times that their spoofs are more sensible than their genuine stuff.’