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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Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir consistently shut down the step and repeat with their maximalist outfits. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Fashion-Forward Couples Who Dominated 2018," 29 Nov. 2018 Ikea’s newest collection is another notch in its maximalist belt. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ikea’s new line of toys is perfectly off-kilter," 10 Sep. 2018 One renders the entire issue as a question of mystery and spycraft, leading ultimately to things like Jonathan Chait’s maximalist speculation that perhaps Trump has been a KGB asset for decades. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Mueller’s new indictments remind us of 2 core truths about the Trump-Russia story," 13 July 2018 Aside from jewelry, there are bags, scarves, candles, even stationery that appeal to both the sleek minimalist and the all-out maximalist—all at affordable prices. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 For decades, Palestinian leaders issued maximalist claims on Jerusalem. Richard Goldberg And, WSJ, "Expose the Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Scam," 5 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of maximalist

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maximalist was in 1907

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