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

Examples of postmodern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the next two decades, a flurry of popular historical novels considered different facets of early-twentieth-century Turkey through styles less challenging than Pamuk’s and Shafak’s postmodern fictions. Kaya Genç, The New Republic, "When Historical Fiction Is a Crime," 30 Dec. 2020 The jokes are in one way works of their postmodern moment. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Refreshing Transactionalism of the KFC-Lifetime Movie," 14 Dec. 2020 An eruption of coherence in the postmodern seminar. Kim Addonizio, The New Yorker, "Ways of Being Lonely," 9 Nov. 2020 In contrast to the flamboyant postmodern statements made by many of his peers, Otto had a self-effacing, environmentally attuned approach that feels almost radically foresighted. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "In Berlin, Mysterious Dwellings Hidden Amid the Trees," 10 Nov. 2020 On a formal level, her representation of herself in the guise of different characters and genders prefigures such postmodern artists as Cindy Sherman. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi," 28 Sep. 2020 Even in postmodern America, failure cannot forever be sold as success. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "Blue Today, Bluer Tomorrow," 17 Sep. 2020 Iannucci’s organizing idea seems to have been to go postmodern, but stop halfway. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Punch in the Dickens," 27 Aug. 2020 Out today is the brands latest collection with late legendary postmodern artist Jean-Michael Basquiat. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Dr. Martens Launches Capsule Collection With Jean-Michael Basquiat," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of postmodern

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Postmodern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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: of or relating to postmodernism

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