whose posterity defines not only their generation

English translation: whose legacy has a decisive effect not only on their own generation

06:34 Jan 5, 2016
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English term or phrase: whose posterity defines not only their generation
Every so often, there comes along an individual whose posterity defines not only their generation, but {ut1} on very rare occasions {ut2} those that follow too. Pablo Picasso {ut1} charismatic and artistic genius of almost mythical proportions {ut2} was one such fellow.
Ivan Niu
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Selected answer:whose legacy has a decisive effect not only on their own generation
Explanation:
"Posterity" more usually means "descendants", but here it refers to the work Picasso left behind him, which had an enduring influence on art.
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Jack Doughty
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whose legacy has a decisive effect not only on their own generation


Explanation:
"Posterity" more usually means "descendants", but here it refers to the work Picasso left behind him, which had an enduring influence on art.

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:48
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 72
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa: Not only in Picasso's generation but also in our generations and future generations to come.
1 hr
  -> Thank you.

agree  Sheila Wilson: Does posterity actually make sense here? I'm sure the writer would have been better off with legacy
3 hrs
  -> Thank you. Yes, I think it is the wrong choice of word.

agree  Yvonne Gallagher: yes, "legacy" (to posterity) is much better
4 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  B D Finch: I think "posterity" refers to both his work and his influence. Not sure "legacy" would be an adequate substitute, as "posterity" implies that it will last for ever (or, at least, a very long time indeed), while a legacy might only be to immediate heirs.
4 hrs
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agree  Sheri P
5 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Jean-Claude Gouin
6 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  acetran
2 days 20 hrs
  -> Thank you.
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