[ fyoo-chuh-riz-uh m ]
/ ˈfyu tʃəˌrɪz əm /


(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.
(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.


Nearby words

  1. future value,
  2. future-proof,
  3. futureless,
  4. futures,
  5. futures market,
  6. futurist,
  7. futuristic,
  8. futurity,
  9. futurity stakes,
  10. futurology

Origin of futurism

From the Italian word futurismo, dating back to 1905–10. See future, -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for futurism


/ (ˈfjuːtʃəˌrɪzəm) /


an artistic movement that arose in Italy in 1909 to replace traditional aesthetic values with the characteristics of the machine age
Derived Formsfuturist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for futurism



1909, from Italian futurismo, coined 1909 by Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944); see future + -ism. Futurist is attested from 1842, originally theological.

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