Definition of Geist in US English:



  • The spirit of an individual or group.

    • ‘But what I, for want of a better term, call the head and the dominant force, or Urmacht, of the body is that guiding light which we call mind or intellect or Geist.’
    • ‘The solution lay in an interpretation of reality which invoked the notion of absolute spirit, or Geist.’
    • ‘According to these, reality (in the form of Geist for Hegel, or social structures for Marx) may be literally inconsistent.’
    • ‘Whereas Hegel uses the dialectic to trace the development of the Geist, Marx would apply it to the development of Capital.’
    • ‘I have rejected the third option, because it is obviously important to Hegel that what he calls Geist is one and the same thing, notwithstanding the different aspects of it that emerge in his various writings.’
    • ‘The Idea, now as Spirit or Geist, directs the course of history through the will of world-historical individuals (the famous people you read about in history books).’
    • ‘For Geist (in Hegel's sense) to come into play this self-development needs to be connected to the national culture of Germany.’
    • ‘In this form Shiva is withdrawn into the absolute and is the symbolic equivalent of Geist.’


German; related to ghost.