Definition of modernist in English:


Syllabification: mod·ern·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈmädərnəst


A believer in or supporter of modernism, especially in the arts.
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  • Beck's art reflected the influence of classic modernists such as Kandinsky and Mondrian as well as the Abstract Expressionists.
  • But while all avant-gardists are modernists, not all modernists are avant-gardists.
  • Ideologically orthodox Communists were extreme modernists who believed in a centrally planned, technological society.


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Of or associated with modernism, especially in the arts.
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  • The image becomes abstract, but is evocative of specific styles of modernist painting.
  • These artists advocated a move away from modernist styles to a more straightforward naturalism.
  • She also wrote two books on ceramics and was an authority on Art Deco and modernist ceramics.



Pronunciation: /ˌmädərˈnistik/
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  • But with the onset of the Depression, he saw modernistic commercial photography go out of fashion.
  • Team members made copious lists on large charts, which were impressive, modernistic art forms in vibrant script and colors.
  • Like so many fashionably modernistic productions, this one comes across as gimmicky, born of a desire to shock in order to shake up conventional morality.

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