A sign of the times
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British pronunciation/ɐ sˈaɪn ɒvðə tˈaɪmz/
American pronunciation/ɐ sˈaɪn ʌvðə tˈaɪmz/
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something that shows how the society is like now, particularly how bad it is

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a sign of the times definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "a sign of the times" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "a sign of the times" can be traced back to biblical references, specifically to the New Testament, in the book of Matthew. It is often used in social, cultural, or political discussions to analyze and comment on the cultural, technological, or societal shifts that are perceived as significant and indicative of the current time.

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The ongoing discussions about systemic racism are a sign of the times, highlighting the need for social justice and equality.
The widespread use of cassette tapes in the 1980s was a sign of the times, representing the dominance of analog audio technology.
Climate change activism gaining momentum is a sign of the times, indicating a growing concern for the environment.
The widespread integration of virtual reality technology may be a sign of the times, reshaping entertainment and immersive experiences.
The increasing popularity of social media influencers is a sign of the times, reflecting the digital age we live in.
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