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[mo-dur-ni-tee, moh-] /mɒˈdɜr nɪ ti, moʊ-/
noun, plural modernities.
the quality of being modern.
something modern.
Origin of modernity
First recorded in 1620-30; modern + -ity
Related forms
hypermodernity, noun, plural hypermodernities.
unmodernity, noun, plural unmodernities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for modernity
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  • Its naïve measures were never obsessed by the straining after modernity.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • "This is the last thing in modernity," and I handed it to her.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • It surprised the easterners, this evidence of modernity in a pioneer world.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • But Elmer was inclined to laugh at this assumption of modernity.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • There is one thing better than modernity,—it is immortality.

British Dictionary definitions for modernity


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or state of being modern
something modern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for modernity

1620s, from Medieval Latin modernitatem, noun of quality from modernus (see modern).

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