max·​i·​mal·​ist ˈmak-s(ə-)mə-list How to pronounce maximalist (audio)
: one who advocates immediate and direct action to secure the whole of a program or set of goals
maximalist adjective

Examples of maximalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, there are so many options for dramatic lunar wallpapers any maximalist would dream about—layer with plush fabric in curtains and furniture for a full-moon effect. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2023 For the maximalist, there are tie-dye pairs and brightly colored yarns playfully spun together. Lucy Dolan-Zalaznick, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2023 That Saved Her Baby’s Life Photo: Courtesy of Amsale Structural Shapes After the rise of the ‘90s slip-style silhouette, designers have been countered with their inner maximalist. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2023 For maximalists, the art of accessorizing is actually an art. Kristina Rutkowski, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2023 While other celebrities have been toning down their nails, the multi-hyphenate has continued to be a manicure maximalist. Marci Robin, Allure, 13 Nov. 2023 Alex Mill and Loulou Studio also have great, everyday knitwear options for minimalists and maximalists alike. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 20 Oct. 2023 Style Whether your decor style is modern, farmhouse, or maximalist, there’s a fall wreath out there for you. Staff Author, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Oct. 2023 Jewelry maximalists will appreciate the bigger size of Kendra Scott’s jewelry case. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maximalist was in 1907

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“Maximalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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