- modern character, tendencies, or values; adherence to or sympathy with what is modern.
- a modern usage or characteristic.
- (initial capital letter) Theology.
- the movement in Roman Catholic thought that sought to interpret the teachings of the Church in the light of philosophic and scientific conceptions prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: condemned by Pope Pius X in 1907.
- the liberal theological tendency in Protestantism in the 20th century.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) a deliberate philosophical and practical estrangement or divergence from the past in the arts and literature occurring especially in the course of the 20th century and taking form in any of various innovative movements and styles.
Origin of modernism
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Examples from the Web for modernism
If modernism was going to be acceptable, its leftist leanings had to be gotten rid of.
In the early years, modernism had a kind of progressive, even socialist bent to it.
And so the Jewishness of modernism was written out of the history in a way.
In the 1930s, MoMA did a big show on the Bauhaus, and they worked very hard to say that modernism was a style.
Were they more interested in modernism than the American public at large?
We know him well: Xenophon's modernism comes out in these things.Cyropaedia
But now all is crumbling before the poisonous onslaught of modernism.Sugar Plum
Too angry to deny the convenient charge of "modernism," he sought the street.
He bowed his head, revolving in his mind the definite charge of "modernism."
Consequently the charge of "modernism" fell like a bolt from a clear sky.
- modern tendencies, characteristics, thoughts, etc, or the support of these
- something typical of contemporary life or thought
- a 20th-century divergence in the arts from previous traditions, esp in architectureSee International Style
- (capital) RC Church the movement at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries that sought to adapt doctrine to the supposed requirements of modern thought
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Word Origin and History for modernism
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