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postmodernism Line breaks: post|mod¦ern|ism
Pronunciation: /pəʊstˈmɒdəˌnɪz(ə)m/

Definition of postmodernism in English:


[mass noun]
A late 20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism, which represents a departure from modernism and is characterized by the self-conscious use of earlier styles and conventions, a mixing of different artistic styles and media, and a general distrust of theories.
Example sentences
  • One way to get out of the ‘postmodernism’ hole is to think about postmodernity rather than postmodernism.
  • In the work of some virtual artists many characteristics of either modernism or postmodernism can be found.
  • The works of these authors inhabit the domains of neo-realism, modernism, postmodernism and magical realism.



Pronunciation: /ˌpəʊstˈmɒdənɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Similarly, the contemporary detective novels of interest to us here are postmodern without being postmodernist.
  • Thus, though the happenings in postmodernist fiction seem fabulist, it is clear that the writers have one foot in contingent reality.
  • In their apparent dematerialization of solid objects, and creation of areas of uncertain space, holograms have been interpreted as a form of postmodernist art.


Pronunciation: /pəʊstmɒˈdəːnɪti/
Example sentences
  • These emerging attitudes are sometimes referred to collectively as postmodernity or postmodernism.
  • One way to get out of the ‘postmodernism’ hole is to think about postmodernity rather than postmodernism.
  • This too is a question about the politics of postmodernity that has important implications for these novels' language.

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