su·​prem·​a·​tism sə-ˈpre-mə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce suprematism (audio)
 also  -ˈprē-
often capitalized
: an early 20th century art movement in Russia producing abstract works featuring flat geometric forms
sə-ˈpre-mə-tist How to pronounce suprematism (audio)
 also  -ˈprē-
adjective or noun often capitalized

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Basecamp senior leadership was flabbergasted: not only was Basecamp’s culture devoid of white suprematism, but the company had always taken good care of its employees. Caterina Bulgarella, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Photo: Collection of Stedelijk Museum As the Malevich paintings in the Jewish Museum exhibition reveal, suprematism is devoid of distraction, with less color than, say, Chagall’s work. Alexandra Bregman, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2018

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Word History


Russian suprematizm, from French suprématie supremacy + Russian -izm -ism

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suprematism was in 1921

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“Suprematism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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