hy·​per·​mod·​ern | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈmä-dərn How to pronounce hypermodern (audio) \

Definition of hypermodern

1 : extremely modern What Murphy finds remarkable about SpaceX is its hypermodern corporate culture.— Chuck Sweeny In a country that's hypermodern in many regards, "Secrets, Objects," shines an uncomfortable spotlight on the still very traditional mores of marriage and the identity of wives vis-a-vis husbands.— John Glionna
2 chess : characterized by a set of strategies developed in the early 20th century that include the control of the center of the chessboard by means of distant pieces rather than more centrally located pawns Hypermodern chess came into vogue after World War I and posed a real dilemma to the existing classical school of chess theory of: "What to do?"— Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

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hypermodernism \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈmä-​dər-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce hypermodern (audio) \ or hyper-modernism noun
Indeed, the whole thrust of hypermodernism [in chess] was to lure the opponent forward prematurely, cut off his supply lines and slaughter the arrogant advance units. — Robert Byrne
hypermodernist \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈmä-​dər-​nist How to pronounce hypermodern (audio) \ or hyper-modernist adjective
I had always known from afar that Halston dressed upscale New York women in clothes so unadorned they were hypermodernist compared to Europe's fanciful fashion. — Suzy Menkes It boasts a selection of architectural wonders that ranges from surviving railway-boom warehouses to 20th-century modernist buildings to a handful of hyper-modernist structures. — Bartley Kives
hypermodernist or hyper-modernist noun, plural hypermodernists or hyper-modernists
Dedicated hypermodernists don't read the books they intend to collect. They read "reading" copies. — Christa Worthington

First Known Use of hypermodern

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hypermodern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypermodern. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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