One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The spirit of worldliness; the spirit of the secular world.
2The immanent principle underlying or shaping the world, especially (in Hegelian thought) as revealed in history.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Ellistone (d. 1652). After German Weltgeist spirit of the world in its mundane aspects, anima mundi and classical Latin spiritus mundī.
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