postmodern

adjective
post·​mod·​ern | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈmä-dərn How to pronounce postmodern (audio) , nonstandard -ˈmä-d(ə-)rən\

Definition of postmodern

1 : of, relating to, or being an era after a modern one postmodern times a postmodern metropolis
2a : of, relating to, or being any of various movements in reaction to modernism that are typically characterized by a return to traditional materials and forms (as in architecture) or by ironic self-reference and absurdity (as in literature)
b : of, relating to, or being a theory that involves a radical reappraisal of modern assumptions about culture, identity, history, or language postmodern feminism

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Other Words from postmodern

postmodernism \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˈmä-​dər-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce postmodernism (audio) \ noun
postmodernist \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˈmä-​dər-​nist How to pronounce postmodernist (audio) \ adjective or noun
postmodernity \ ˌpōs(t)-​mə-​ˈdər-​ne-​tē How to pronounce postmodernity (audio) , -​mä-​ also  -​ˈder-​ \ noun

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Le Quinton said that the challenge in a postmodern era of doing any of this stuff is that the audiences are so aware and so smart. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Billions’ co-creator Brian Koppelman says everyone knows how to tell a great story — but few get the chance," 19 July 2018 American Business Center, Berlin, Germany, 1997 Here is Johnson, on a site of deep historic significance, mixing his postmodern and deconstructivist tendencies into a single bloated building. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 Revered for her minimalist dances, Ms. Childs, now 77, is a postmodern choreographer who got her start as part of the experimental collective Judson Dance Theater. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "Lucinda Childs Gets Off the Floor in New Work for the Graham Company," 7 Apr. 2018 In addition to citing Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono and pioneering synth group Art of Noise as inspirations, Zeta’s sound was also shaped by her obsession with postmodern furniture. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "The Argentinian Artist Whose Colorful Closet and Music Are Inspired by Postmodern Furniture," 24 Dec. 2018 Guild House: Callowhill, Pennsylvania (1964) The first major work by Venturi, this senior housing complex was also an early example of postmodern architecture. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018 His father was the Pritzker Prize–winning architect Hans Hollein, a key figure in postmodern architecture. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Meet Max Hollein, the Metropolitan Museum’s New Director," 15 Aug. 2018 Working in close collaboration with Jan Versweyveld, the scenic and lighting designer, and Tal Yarden, the video designer, Mr. Van Hove has given us a TV-screens-and-Plexiglas production that looks thoroughly postmodern. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Network’ and ‘The Cher Show’ Reviews: Broadway’s Recycling Bin," 6 Dec. 2018 Ben Reiter and Rob Neyer published equally compelling accounts of what Mr. Neyer calls postmodern baseball. Jane Leavy, WSJ, "What to Give: Sports Books," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of postmodern

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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postmodern

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of postmodern

: of or relating to postmodernism

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