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premodern

Syllabification: pre·mod·ern
Pronunciation: /prēˈmädərn
 
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Definition of premodern in English:

adjective

Anticipating the modern phase or period of something while not actually belonging to it: our nostalgia for premodern times when natural bonds to kith and kin were unshakable continues to surface
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  • The literature describes patron-client relations as having both premodern and modern forms.
  • This brings us to an apparent point of difference between premodern and modern anti-Semitism.
  • Iconography as an art historical practice, particularly in the study of premodern and early modern art, has long been under critical reassessment.

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