max·i·mal·ist | \-s(ə-)mə-list \

Definition of maximalist 

: one who advocates immediate and direct action to secure the whole of a program or set of goals

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And lots of it: Under the leadership of Thomas W. Morris, who as the artistic director chooses each season’s music director, the schedule has gotten ever more maximalist, the performances stretching from dawn to midnight. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Quirky Violinist and a Festival to Match," 11 June 2018 This Circle Theatre incarnation, directed with maximalist verve by Derek Van Barham, incorporates updated dialogue for the 2017 setting as Wes tries to tell the 1973 crowd what the world is like now. Kerry Reid,, "'View UpStairs' goes back in time to tragic fire in the gay community of 1973 New Orleans," 6 July 2018 From minimalists to Instagram maximalists, there's a brand out there for everyone., "9 Newly Launched Swim Brands To Keep You Ahead Of The Game," 5 July 2018 The Urus interior is a maximalist rendering of the same functional space, a fantasy flight deck for wealthy 12-year-olds. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Lamborghini Urus: An SUV for the One Percent," 15 June 2018 Days after stunning in a maximalist Dolce & Gabbana look to go shopping in Milan, music’s most fashionable woman took things in the opposite direction, trading ornate finery for the comfort of a Canadian tuxedo. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Is How Rihanna Does Denim on Denim," 12 Apr. 2018 This palette is, without question, for the risk-taker and the maximalist. Putnam & Putnam, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Wedding Colors For Spring," 17 Jan. 2017 For anyone powerfully into Alessandro Michele’s maximalist redraw of Gucci—and that’s, like, everyone—there is no better place to pay homage than the Gucci Garden in Florence. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "The Gucci Garden Expands With Projects by Björk and Artist Isabella Cotier," 12 June 2018 Just look at the incredible growth Kering SA’s Italian label Gucci has seen, thanks to its recent maximalist makeover. Fortune, "Rimowa and Virgil Abloh Are Creating Completely See-Through Luggage," 5 June 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maximalist was in 1907

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