Definition of postmodern in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpōs(t)ˈmädərn/


1Subsequent to or coming later than that which is modern: the illusionary nature of postmodern life
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  • What modern, let alone postmodern, parent would answer a child's question with ‘curiosity killed the cat’?
  • When we return to the struggle for power, it is a very modern thing, not postmodern.
  • The business writer writes that we do a dis-service when we talk of managing change or talk of transitioning from modern to postmodern.
1.1Relating to or characterized by postmodernism, especially in being self-referential: the postmodern discipline of art history
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  • They build on and support changes that have been developing in critical theory during the postmodern era.
  • Perhaps we have simply transvalued impersonality as elusiveness, irony and parodic cultural quotation, qualities especially attractive in the wake of postmodern theory.
  • The result has been a number of works of art in the distinctively postmodern genre of historiographical metafiction.

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Syllabification: post·mod·ern

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