max·​i·​mal·​ist | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)mə-list How to pronounce maximalist (audio) \

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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maximalist adjective

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The resulting collection, then, presents a range of prints (14, to be specific, in dozens of colorways) which can, in various combinations, skew understated or all-out maximalist. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "One of the Most Iconic Wallpapers of All Time Is Back," 20 Mar. 2019 At the same time, the two main parties could see the other as weakened, tempting them to make maximalist demands. Brian Rohan, The Seattle Times, "Expectations low as Yemen’s warring parties meet for talks," 4 Dec. 2018 Perfume Germany has been steadily producing some of the best, and least categorizable, shows on Netflix—including the glamorous, maximalist saga Babylon Berlin, and the complex time-travel thriller, Dark. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Three New Crime Shows To Get Hooked on Now," 12 Jan. 2019 Connecting her diverse aesthetic interests are a love of bold color, rich textures and all around maximalist design. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "Martina Mondadori Sartogo Curates a Tabletop Collection," 8 May 2017 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

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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