Meaning of world-spirit in English:



  • 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.