futurism

noun
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

Examples of futurism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Metal studs lent a touch of punk to a black wool mini dress; a similar look featured circular cutouts that evoked his signature futurism. New York Times, "Pierre Cardin, Designer to the Famous and Merchant to the Masses, Dies at 98," 29 Dec. 2020 Not only was Brahms the progressive, the idol of the liberals, but Wagner, for all his futurism, was the elitist, luxury-needing composer of prejudice embraced by politically conservative nationalists. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Please, can we all listen to some Brahms and learn to get along," 9 Dec. 2020 The car is a blend of radical futurism and established conventions. Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 6 Oct. 2020 The car is a blend of radical futurism and established conventions. Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 6 Oct. 2020 The car is a blend of radical futurism and established conventions. Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 6 Oct. 2020 On the other hand, for a more positive futurism to be more than just wild-eyed fantasy, there has to be a credible path to arrive at that better place, to get from here to there. Christian Holub, EW.com, "How new novel The Ministry for the Future lays a blueprint for fighting climate change," 14 Oct. 2020 The car is a blend of radical futurism and established conventions. Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 6 Oct. 2020 The car is a blend of radical futurism and established conventions. Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of futurism

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Futurism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futurism. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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