This change and desecration, this inroad of modernness, merely completes its eternity.
But the third drawing in Fig. 18 is remarkable alike for the modernness both of the bow and the posture of the hand holding it.
And yet the modernness on which Norfolk so evidently prides herself is not something to be lightly valued.
The villages proved disappointing both in their smallness and modernness, and none of them seemed worthy of any extended visit.
Painted some thirty years later, it is interesting to see what it has gained in “modernness.”
In the first place, any one must be struck with the modernness of the phrase and style.
There is the same contrast between the antiquity of the events and the modernness of the characters.
The real charm of Sussex lies in its ancientness and in its simple, good-humoured country folk, not in its modernness.
And what makes this exclusiveness the more repulsive is its modernness.
The modernness of all good books seems to give me an existence as wide as man.
c.1500, "now existing;" 1580s, "of or pertaining to present or recent times;" from Middle French moderne (15c.) and directly from Late Latin modernus "modern" (Priscian, Cassiodorus), from Latin modo "just now, in a (certain) manner," from modo (adv.) "to the measure," ablative of modus "manner, measure" (see mode (n.1)). Extended form modern-day attested from 1909.
In Shakespeare, often with a sense of "every-day, ordinary, commonplace." Slang abbreviation mod first attested 1960. Modern art is from 1807 (by contrast to ancient); modern dance first attested 1912; first record of modern jazz is from 1954. Modern conveniences first recorded 1926.
1580s, "person of the present time" (contrasted to ancient, from modern (adj.). From 1897 as "one who is up to date."