noun German.

  1. (in Nazi Germany) native culture, held to be superior to that of other countries and subordinating the individual to national interests.
  2. culture(def 4).
  3. a civilization characteristic of a time or a people.


  1. (often used ironically) German civilization, esp as characterized by authoritarianism and earnestness

1914, originally, “civilization as conceived by the Germans” (especially their own), a word from the First World War and always at first ironic, from German kultur, from Latin cultura (see culture (n.)).

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