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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Out of some mix of pragmatism and ideology, Garvey treated freedom largely as a means to an end rather than as a maximalist principle around which to organize. Conor Orr,, "Fate of the Union: What the NFLPA Can Learn From the Fight of '77," 18 June 2019 After years of midcentury-modern fever, homeowners are looking for ways to bring patina and personalization to their spaces and achieve a more layered, well-traveled look — call it the maximalist effect. Michelle Brunner, Twin Cities, "Room dividers — and all their old-Hollywood charm — are back," 15 June 2019 The Menu In lieu of paper menus, the Tusks created a maximalist marquee–like light box—inspired by the designs of Isaac Julien—that stretches the length of the dining room and features the more French leanings of the restaurant. Cassandra Landry, Bon Appétit, "The Little Things: A Design Tour of San Francisco’s Rustic-Modern Wine Bar, Verjus," 10 June 2019 Shinzo Abe will arrive on Wednesday in Iran after earlier meeting with President Trump, whose maximalist approach toward the Islamic Republic has seen America reimpose sanctions once lifted by the 2015 accord and create far-reaching newer ones. Jon Gambrell,, "Iran gears up for high-stakes diplomacy amid tension with US," 9 June 2019 How Earth’s History Shaped Human History, Lewis Dartnell, a British astrobiologist, takes a maximalist approach, in which human history is revealed as the inevitable outcome of celestial detonations, erosion, and solar flares. Nathaniel Rich, Harper's magazine, "Ruina Mundi," 10 May 2019 Berk’s signature is a kind of casual, relaxed, modern interior, veering more minimalist than maximalist. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating Reason Bobby Berk Stores Books This Way on Queer Eye," 9 May 2019 Still the Best Way to Get Noticed For true maximalists, the trend for elegant, ladylike dressing will likely fall on deaf ears. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest Street-Style Trends of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 President Donald Trump’s maximalist approach in recasting his nation’s trade relations may soon hit U.S. farmers and manufacturers, as America’s trade partners prepare $3.45 billion of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. Fortune, "Trump Paused His Trade War With China. But Countries Are Still Preparing $3.5 Billion in Tariffs to Hit the U.S.," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of maximalist

1907, in the meaning defined above

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