postmodern

adjective post·mod·ern \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈmä-dərn , nonstandard -ˈmä-d(ə-)rən \
Updated on: 17 Apr 2018
1 : of, relating to, or being an era after a modern one
  • postmodern times
  • a postmodern metropolis
2 a : 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

postmodernism

play \ˌpōs(t)-ˈmä-dər-ˌni-zəm\ noun

postmodernist

play \ˌpōs(t)-ˈmä-dər-nist\ adjective or noun

postmodernity

play \ˌpōs(t)-mə-ˈdər-ne-tē, -mä- also -ˈder-\ noun

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First Known Use of postmodern

1916


POSTMODERN Defined for English Language Learners

postmodern

  • : of or relating to postmodernism


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of postmodern


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