Ac·​me·​ism | \ ˈak-mē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Acmeism (audio) \

Definition of Acmeism

: 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

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Other Words from Acmeism

Acmeist \ ˈak-​mē-​ist How to pronounce Acmeism (audio) \ adjective
The Acmeist movement reacted against the refined and beautiful obscurities of Symbolism … — Michael Collier, Baltimore Sun, 23 Feb. 2003
Acmeist or less commonly acmeist noun, 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

First Known Use of Acmeism

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acmeism

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

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