Definition of modernism in English:


Line breaks: mod¦ern|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒd(ə)nɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • 1Modern character or quality of thought, expression, or technique: a strange mix of nostalgia and modernism
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    • Not that it necessarily has to be a symbol of modernism and innovation that is targeted for immolation.
    • Therefore, the techniques of modernism, rather than outmoded conceptions of realism, might offer the necessary strategies for representing the reality of modernist events.
    • In this, he overcomes the eye/body/mind splits so characteristic of modernism and modernity, especially in the visual arts.
  • 1.1A style or movement in the arts that aims to depart significantly from classical and traditional forms: by the post-war period, modernism had become part of art history
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    • Although it was similar in context and emphasis to the decorative style of ‘art nouveau,’ a stronger connection to modernism distinguished art deco.
    • He is known for his large abstract collages made of cut and painted canvas that have inflections of European modernism and Abstract Expressionism.
    • The mixture of classical modernism with traditionalist references was thick, and it seemed undeniable that many of the works were deliberate remakes of recognizable Western modernist icons.
  • 1.2A movement towards modifying traditional beliefs in accordance with modern ideas, especially in the Roman Catholic Church in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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    • Indeed traditionalist, Tridentine Roman Catholics deplore the theological modernism into which their church has sunk through the espousal of the theory of doctrinal development.
    • The quality and quantity of his autobiographies makes them an exceptionally valuable resource for students of Loisy's role in Roman Catholic modernism.
    • There is no return to the 19th century with its opposition between Church and modernism.

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