Ac·​me·​ism ˈak-mē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Acmeism (audio)
: a literary movement among Russian poets in the early 20th century that was characterized by a reaction against the vagueness of symbolism and by an emphasis on clarity
Acmeism, Futurism, and other movements flourished and then were silenced by the Stalin era.A. V. Knowles, Notes and Queries, March 1993
Acmeist adjective
The Acmeist movement reacted against the refined and beautiful obscurities of Symbolism … Michael Collier, Baltimore Sun, 23 Feb. 2003
Acmeist noun
or less commonly acmeist
plural Acmeists also acmeists
The work of the major Acmeists began to appear in the Soviet Union only … in the 1960s … Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, Nietzsche and Soviet Culture, 1994

Word History


borrowed from Russian akmeizm, from Greek akmḗ acme + Russian -izm -ism

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Acmeism was in 1913

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“Acmeism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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