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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.)).


n. German culture or civilization, especially seen as authoritarian or racist during the period of world wars (1914-18 and 1939-45)

Usage examples of "kultur".

As my friend Mann says, although Kultur is the spiritual organization of the world, it does not exclude bloody savagery when that becomes necessary.

Then the German people will be the rock of granite upon which our Lord God can build and complete his work of Kultur in the world.

These were the native guides impressed into the service of Kultur and upon their poor, bruised bodies Kultur's brand was revealed in divers cruel wounds and bruises.