postmodern

adjective
post·​mod·​ern | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈmä-dərn, 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 \ noun
postmodernist \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˈmä-​dər-​nist \ adjective or noun
postmodernity \ ˌpōs(t)-​mə-​ˈdər-​ne-​tē , -​mä-​ also  -​ˈder-​ \ noun

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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 But by far his most beloved (and most widely quoted) film across multiple generations is 1987's postmodern fairytale, The Princess Bride. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "RIP William Goldman, creator of beloved film, The Princess Bride," 16 Nov. 2018 The postmodern building, converted in 1988, is rambling but atmospheric. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 Lee’s point was not to quote or deconstruct in a hip postmodern vein (like Quentin Tarantino), but to highlight the complex struggle of morality suggested by Preacher’s sermon. Carlos Valladares, San Francisco Chronicle, "Waking up to the genius of ‘The Night of the Hunter,’ showing at the Stanford," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of postmodern

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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postmodern

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: of or relating to postmodernism

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