Definition of minimalist in English:


Syllabification: min·i·mal·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈminəməlist


  • 1A person advocating minor or moderate reform in politics.
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    • As the referendum approached, longstanding splits between the minimalists and maximalists within the republican movement became significant.
    • Libertarian minimalists must take the extra step to fashion a doctrine that debunks realism and supports their own foreign policy outlook.
    • Now, if libertarian minimalists do the latter, they would be taking issue with my policy views, not adopting them.
  • 2A person who advocates or practices minimalism in art or music.
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    • Although his latter-day works have been compared to those of Arvo Part and Henryk Gorecki, both best-selling minimalists, Tavener's music is different because of its immediate sweet-sounding appeal.
    • In other words, Matta-Clark accomplishes with architecture an operation analogous to what the minimalists and the process artists accomplish with sculpture when they deprive it of its anthropomorphic and immortal aspects.
    • Off ice, he listens to mostly classical music from the minimalists like Philipp Glass and Steve Reich to the romantics of Tchaikovsky.


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  • 1Advocating moderate political policies.
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    • Hyperglobalizers insist that the minimalist political order of the future will be determined by regional economies linked together in an almost seamless global web of production and exchange.
    • Appalled by judicial activism, he advocated a classical, minimalist role for the court after the tumult of the 1960s.
    • All they had done, in reality, was to fight over the principle of republicanism and then endorse the minimalist head of state selection model from the Republic Advisory Committee Report.
  • 2Of or relating to minimalism in art or music.
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    • In the 1980s and 1990s, Torke's music was a synthesis of aggressive neo-classicism and minimalist influences, firmly rooted in tonality.
    • The revolving structure of the melody brings to mind minimalist composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass in its apparent simplicity, but subtle complexity.
    • In recent times, even minimalist composer Philip Glass tried his hand at the genre.


early 20th century: first used with reference to the Russian Mensheviks. Usage in art and music dates from the 1960s.

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