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[mod-er-nist] /ˈmɒd ər nɪst/
a person who follows or favors modern ways, tendencies, etc.
a person who advocates the study of modern subjects in preference to ancient classics.
an adherent of modernism in theological questions.
of modernists or modernism.
Origin of modernist
First recorded in 1580-90; modern + -ist
Related forms
antimodernist, noun, adjective
hypermodernist, noun
promodernist, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is always easy to be a modernist, as it is easy to be a snob.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • We have given our reasons for rejecting the modernist attempt at reconstruction.

    Painted Windows Harold Begbie
  • It is always easy to be a modernist; as it is easy to be a snob.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
  • The blackbird is the modernist who has become blas, mentally and spiritually empty.

  • Even Gideon was becoming less attentive when the modernist expounded the new freedom.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
Word Origin and History for modernist

1580s, "a modern person," from modern + -ist. Later, "a supporter of the modern" (as opposed to the classical), c.1700. As a follower of a movement in the arts (modernism), attested from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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