Definition of futurist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfyo͞oCHərəst/


1 (Futurist) An adherent of futurism.
Example sentences
  • Accordingly, she gives what is now the near obligatory nod to Marcel Duchamp while omitting any discussion of those Dadaists or Futurists who had abandoned the studio and its craft as being central to artistic and cultural production.
  • Aesthetically, it recalls the jagged, fragmented abstract art of the Italian Futurists, Russia's Suprematists and Constructivists, and Vorticist Wyndham Lewis.
  • The Futurists, the Surrealists, the abstract expressionists, all sought their passionate rhapsodies, of mechanization, or libido, or spontaneity.
2A person who studies the future and makes predictions about it based on current trends.
Example sentences
  • Cass has made a career as an economic futurist, studying what changes in the economy, and, more importantly, what doesn't change.
  • This technological revolution is so pervasive in our culture that many self-proclaimed experts and futurists are predicting a paperless society - and sooner rather than later.
  • While many futurists predicted that we'd be enjoying the paperless office around this time, Americans are still at the epicenter of a paper blizzard.
3 Theology A person who believes that eschatological prophecies are still to be fulfilled.


1 (often Futurist) Relating to futurism or the Futurists.
Example sentences
  • Dadaism, Surrealism, and Futurist performance activities seem to have shared a similar spirit of exploration, of breaking down boundaries, of looking to process instead of product.
  • Many popular histories of sound art trace it back to early Italian Futurist performances by Filippo Marinetti and Luigi Russolo or the American John Cage.
  • Initially influenced by Cubist and Futurist conceptions of space and dynamics, he joined the avant-garde, exhibiting with the Berlin Sezession in 1914.
2Relating to a vision of the future, especially one involving the development of technology: the grim urban setting of the novel would have been a futurist nightmare
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  • In the futurist vision, pulses from e-bombs cause anything that contains computer chips to wheeze to a halt, winning without widespread devastation and allowing low-cost reconstruction - just replace the chips!
  • But all Laurens's play, which has already finished its brief run, proves is that classical myth and futurist nightmare make queasily strange bedfellows.
  • Apparently, even futurist visionaries like turkey.

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Syllabification: fu·tur·ist

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