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 The middle chapter, The Roses of Berlin, is my personal all-time showcase for Kevin O’Neill’s artwork, blending German cinematic expressionism and techno-futurism into an explosive wartime adventure. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The best comics of the decade," 21 Nov. 2019 Jennifer Connelly, who almost always makes Nicolas Ghesquiere’s haute futurism seem effortless, wore a corseted jacket with draping and embroidery for the His spring/summer show for Louis Vuitton held at the Louvre. Vogue, "Last Week, Stars Brought Runway Fantasy Into the Real World," 7 Oct. 2019 Smartphone futurism comes at a price, though: the Mate X has a breathtaking $2,600 price tag. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Huawei’s futuristic foldable smartphone gets delayed for a second time," 15 Aug. 2019 This combination of futurism and intimacy offered an experience quite different from the escapism of the movies. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 2019 The feminist artist made a male womb out of gray glass for a futurism-themed challenge. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "The Fiery Pleasures of “Blown Away,” a Reality-TV Competition for Glassblowing," 31 July 2019 So, is algorithmic determinism the basis of futurism? Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times, "Meet the ‘Westworld’ panel moderator who showed Comic-Con how it’s done," 24 July 2019 With echoes of Midcentury Modernism, Googie kitsch and eco-friendly futurism, selgascano proposes a vision more fantastically L.A. than Angelenos might dream for themselves. Mimi Zeiger, latimes.com, "La Brea Tar Pits’ trippy new pavilion from Spain’s Selgascano could be L.A.’s next selfie magnet," 27 June 2019 There is always a slightly dark side to futurism, and our space-age dreams had them. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Technology and Mankind’s Shrinking Dominion," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of futurism

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Futurism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futurism. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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