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

Examples of maximalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Baz Luhrmann’s very busy hands, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic became a gaudy carnival of maximalist kitsch. Los Angeles Times, "‘Bridesmaids’ or ‘The Fifth Element’? It’s Week 2 of the #UltimateSummerMovie Showdown," 5 May 2020 Blakeney recognizes that being an avowed maximalist can be a little difficult in functional spaces like a closet. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Justina Blakeney’s Studio Closet Is Every Crafter’s Dream," 30 Mar. 2020 And the story has gone full maximalist, a Heavy Metal short that spans 15 hours. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe," 17 Mar. 2020 And the dining room, designed by the typically maximalist Kelly Wearstler, is austere bordering on sterile. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Onda: Dining Review," 12 Mar. 2020 The power of the presidency itself will expand or shrink based on the Senators’ verdict, thanks in part to the maximalist, zero-sum view of the case presented by both sides. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Return of the Imperial Presidency? Why the Impeachment Fight Is About More Than Donald Trump," 30 Jan. 2020 After taking power in 2010, Republicans in the state pursued a maximalist agenda that Democrats charged was aimed primarily at securing GOP dominance. Molly Ball, Time, "What Went Wrong in the Wisconsin Election, and What We Can Learn From It Before November," 9 Apr. 2020 Since his heyday in the mid-nineteenth century, P.T. Barnum’s name has been shorthand for ebullient humbuggery, maximalist entertainment, inexhaustible self-promotion, rags-to-riches industriousness—for fun. Nathaniel Rich, The New York Review of Books, "American Humbug," 8 Apr. 2020 That’s a lot to chew on, and Rushdie masticates it with his usual maximalist exuberance., "Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ reroutes a legendary journey through the 21st century - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of maximalist

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Maximalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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