fu·​tur·​ism | \ ˈfyü-chə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce futurism (audio) \

Definition of futurism

1 : a movement in art, music, and literature begun in Italy about 1909 and marked especially by an effort to give formal expression to the dynamic energy and movement of mechanical processes
2 : a point of view that finds meaning or fulfillment in the future rather than in the past or present

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In Bauer, Brooker created a clear embodiment of all Silicon Valley’s idealistic, hopeful futurism, waylaid by a culture of excess and personal hubris. Aja Romano, Vox, "“Smithereens” takes aim at the tech dystopia we already live in but has nothing new to say.," 5 June 2019 Kirke has imagined the environment as a cross between Italian futurism and a Tuscan villa. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lorraine Kirke's Wild, Futurisitic Restaurant Opens in Bushwick," 3 June 2019 Transparent materials like plastic have often been used to communicate futurism—think Paco Rabanne’s Space Age dresses. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Inspired by Craig Green’s Fall 2019 Lineup, a Look at Fantastic Plastics in Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 The guardedness that once existed in men’s styling is dissipating; for Fall, see the brash futurism of Yoon Ahn’s Ambush, even the psychedelic ski theme at Dsquared2, and of course, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019 The Entranze itself is fairly conventional concept-car futurism—pillarless glass doors, open floor plan, lots of impossible sightlines. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Big Questions—and a Few Answers—Coming Out of the Detroit Auto Show," 17 Jan. 2019 Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow, for example, is a shining example of neo-futurism. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This South American City Was Just Named the World Capital of Architecture," 30 Jan. 2019 Their futurism here is rather prim, conveying the sense of industrious designers working dutifully to solve specific social problems. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility’ Review: Future Imperfect," 10 Jan. 2019 Cybernetic organisms are no longer an outlandish sci-fi futurism. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Leafy Green Cyborgs Are Coming," 6 Dec. 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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