[ fyoo-chuh-riz-uhm ]
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  1. (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.

  2. (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

Words Nearby futurism

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How to use futurism in a sentence

  • Models walked through water in structural and sheer garments, evoking both an early tribalism and futurism.

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  • Surely here is the home of Post Impressionism and of futurism.

  • There may be a science of futurism in which the "force-lines" of a horse or a motor car may be part of a useful diagram.

  • Into this reticence pieces of futurism, Omega cushions and Van-Gogh-like pictures exploded their colours.

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  • The difference between Pastism and futurism is the difference between statics and dynamics.

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  • Signor Marinetti, who coined the hideous word, "futurism," goes still further.

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British Dictionary definitions for futurism


/ (ˈfjuːtʃəˌrɪzəm) /

  1. an artistic movement that arose in Italy in 1909 to replace traditional aesthetic values with the characteristics of the machine age

Derived forms of futurism

  • futurist, noun, adjective

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