premodern

adjective pre·mod·ern \ ˌprē-ˈmä-dərn , nonstandard -ˈmä-d(ə-)rən \
variants: or pre-modern

Definition of premodern

1 : of, relating to, originating in, or being an era before a modern one
  • premodern societies/beliefs
  • the pre-modern world
  • in premodern times
  • … still living in huts and using pre-modern agricultural methods 150 years after the invention of the steam engine.
  • —Jo Ann Skousen
2 or pre-Modern : of, relating to, characterized by, or being any of the artistic and literary practices and philosophies that preceded those of modernism — see modernism 3
  • pre-Modern architecture
  • a pre-Modern artist/writer
  • … following pre-modern conventions of pictorial composition, the artist combines several distinct vignettes within a single picture frame …
  • —Benjamin Schmidt

First Known Use of premodern

1901

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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