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[fyoo-chuh-riz-uh m] /ˈfyu tʃəˌrɪz əm/
(sometimes initial capital letter) a style of the fine arts developed originally by a group of Italian artists about 1910 in which forms derived chiefly from cubism were used to represent rapid movement and dynamic motion.
(often initial capital letter) a style of art, literature, music, etc., and a theory of art and life in which violence, power, speed, mechanization or machines, and hostility to the past or to traditional forms of expression were advocated or portrayed.
Origin of futurism
From the Italian word futurismo, dating back to 1905-10. See future, -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Into this reticence pieces of futurism, Omega cushions and Van-Gogh-like pictures exploded their colours.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • This writer begins by expressing his objections to the "principle of futurism."

  • Again, futurism claims not to paint maladies but their symptoms and results.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • It may be urged that Blast does not represent futurism, but Vorticism.

  • With Cubism, futurism and Vorticism we may be witnessing the beginning of a new tradition.

    Paul Gauguin, His Life and Art John Gould Fletcher
  • Surely here is the home of Post Impressionism and of futurism.

  • Then the writer reverted to art again and published a book on Cubism and one on Cubism and futurism.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
British Dictionary definitions for futurism


an artistic movement that arose in Italy in 1909 to replace traditional aesthetic values with the characteristics of the machine age
Derived Forms
futurist, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for futurism

1909, from Italian futurismo, coined 1909 by Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944); see future + -ism. Futurist is attested from 1842, originally theological.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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