Definition of modernism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmädərnˌizəm/


1Modern character or quality of thought, expression, or technique: when he waxes philosophical, he comes across as 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 break with classical and traditional forms.
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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 toward 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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Syllabification: mod·ern·ism

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