hy·​per·​mod·​ern ˌhī-pər-ˈmä-dərn How to pronounce hypermodern (audio)
: 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
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
hypermodernism noun
or hyper-modernism
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 adjective
or hyper-modernist
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 noun
or hyper-modernist
plural hypermodernists or hyper-modernists
Dedicated hypermodernists don't read the books they intend to collect. They read "reading" copies. Christa Worthington

Examples of hypermodern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like all of Didion’s fiction, it is lit up with social details (the smell of Nivea lotion, the sight of a Nieman Marcus Christmas catalog) and suffused with a kind of hypermodern sardonic bemusement that never seems to lose its purchase on our present. Vogue, 30 Dec. 2023 The muted color tones of her 2016 odyssey contrast against the vibrant, stylized, hypermodern hotel. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 Estimates vary, but some Americans are increasingly opting out of hypermodern, hyperpolarized life entirely. Michael J. Lee, The Conversation, 20 Mar. 2023 Not to be outdone, the hypermodern Dream Hollywood hotel, in conjunction with the Crypt Gallery, unveiled an NFT (non-fungible token) art gallery in August — the hotel has a massive wall of screens in its lobby — featuring works from some of Los Angeles’s top digital artists. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 In a few seconds the blast destroys tens of thousands of apartments in the low-rise buildings and hypermodern skyscrapers scattered across this open stretch of land, blowing apart, pulverizing windows, glass, doors, furniture, and the inhabitants as well. Charif Majdalani, WSJ, 24 July 2021 The distillery’s administrative offices are located in the original 1794 brewery building, but the actual distilling is done in a hypermodern structure next door that previously was used for brewing the stout extract Guinness ships to its export markets. Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2020 But there’s another side to the conflict – a hypermodern battleground where drones play a crucial role in surveillance, reconnaissance and combat missions. Roberto J. González, The Conversation, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypermodern was in 1904

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“Hypermodern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypermodern. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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