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
postmodernismplay \-dər-ˌni-zəm\ noun
postmodernistplay \-nist\ adjective or noun
postmodernityplay \-mə-ˈdər-ne-tē, -mä- also -ˈder-\ noun
Recent Examples of postmodern from the Web
The postmodern swing, geared for optimum launch angles and high velocity, is making the low fastball ripe for hitting.
Hailed as the literary debut of the year by Vogue, Zinzi’s powerful testament is a beautiful example of self-reflexive postmodern fiction that plays with generic conventions without coming off as precious.
Middlebury’s postmodern mob resonated with every anti-intellectual fiber among the Trumpians.
Some regard trans people as a symptom of the postmodern condition, or identity politics on steroids.
The reality TV presidency is really the postmodern presidency.
What if Trump and chief strategist Steve Bannon were actually drawing from a sophisticated postmodern propaganda model developed by none other than Vladimir Putin, Vladislav Surkov, and their political technologists at the Kremlin?
A. Deborah Hay is a postmodern choreographer, who came out of the Judson Church and Merce Cunningham tradition.
Nancy Pierce Audrey Baran Baran, 35 and working on an MFA, founded Baran Dance in 2012, and plans to go to a workshop in Austin with postmodern dance artist Deborah Hay.
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: of or relating to postmodernism
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