maximalist

noun
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

Other Words from maximalist

maximalist adjective

Examples of maximalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ever the maximalist, Lipa went all out with her accessories. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 July 2022 One was a tidy, careful and empty-space minimalist; the other, a voracious maximalist, with something (a lot) to say about everything and ever ready with a cutting repartee. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Ahead, find a treasure trove of breezy minis, party dresses, and maximalist daydreams come true. Sam Peters, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 July 2022 For 30 years, the artist James Nares, now known as Jamie, has made paintings that each consist of a single, giant brushstroke, minimalist and maximalist at once. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Ambulance is instead a strong entry in Bay’s maximalist canon, his best assault on the senses since his underrated 2013 comic thriller, Pain & Gain. David Sims, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2022 Stepping into Lil’ Deb’s is like walking into your effortlessly chic maximalist best friend’s house. Bon Appétit, 5 Apr. 2022 Alexandrina Filip, who co-owns DSF Antique Jewelry in New York, is selling a similar maximalist cross by designer Christian Lacroix. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2022 What holds all this together is the music: a maximalist, genre-agnostic soundscape that includes both a licensed soundtrack and a score. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of maximalist

1907, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Maximalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximalist. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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