modernism

noun
mod·​ern·​ism | \ ˈmä-dər-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce modernism (audio) \

Definition of modernism

1 : a practice, usage, or expression peculiar to modern times such modernisms as "blog," "bromance," and "steampunk"
2 often capitalized : a tendency in theology to accommodate traditional religious teaching to contemporary thought and especially to devalue supernatural elements
3 : modern artistic or literary philosophy and practice especially : a self-conscious break with the past and a search for new forms of expression extols the … modernism that laid the foundation of all twentieth-century design — Jeffrey Simpson

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Other Words from modernism

modernist \ ˈmä-​dər-​nist How to pronounce modernist (audio) \ noun or adjective
modernistic \ ˌmä-​dər-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce modernistic (audio) \ adjective

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How fantastic: a week devoted to modernism in Denver architecture. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Target the employers in raids; Toni Morrison’s brilliance; Perfecting and weaponizing prejudice; Grateful architecture fan(8/12/19)," 12 Aug. 2019 Lew tells Curbed that the recent interest in postmodern design of the late ’70s and ’80s—which had an anything-goes attitude and rebuked the austerity and rigidity of modernism before it—influenced today’s explorations of oversized proportions. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Cute furniture is a reprieve from our age of anxiety," 7 Aug. 2019 Visual and narrative complexity is a way of keeping the uninitiated out and also a way to diverge dramatically from the tendency in much of modernism toward reductive art-making with radically simple forms. Dallas News, "Texas artist Trenton Doyle Hancock builds a world in massive exhibition space," 19 July 2019 Aristocratic in his bearing, a former colonel in the Horse Guards, an avid proponent of modernism, Teliakovsky was convinced that Petipa had long outlived his usefulness. John Check, WSJ, "‘Marius Petipa’ Review: The Imperial Ballet Master," 28 June 2019 Bauhaus was the birthplace of modernism, and its concepts and philosophy quickly spread. Margo Pfeiff, latimes.com, "Exploring the birthplace of Bauhaus, a German movement that changed design," 16 June 2019 Privatization was very well thought of at the time, and no buyer could be found for this vast monument to dinosaur modernism. Lionel Shriver, Harpers Magazine, "April 2019," 10 June 2019 Privatization was very well thought of at the time, and no buyer could be found for this vast monument to dinosaur modernism. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 How could a tastemaker who preached the gospel of modernism become a convert to the baubles and trimmings of postmodernism? Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of modernism

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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modernism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of modernism

: a style of art, architecture, literature, etc., that uses ideas and methods which are very different from those used in the past

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