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avant-garde

adjective

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being or employing the latest concepts, styles, or techniques
  • a very avant-garde artist whose works wouldn't even be considered art by many traditionalists

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avant-garde

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Synonyms & Antonyms of avant-garde (Entry 2 of 2)

the innovators of new concepts, styles, and techniques especially in the arts
  • to the theater world's avant-garde, the melodrama seemed like a very old-fashioned play whose time had come and gone

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The first known use of avant-garde was in 1849

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“Avant-garde.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/avant-garde. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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