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  1. a person who favors a moderate approach to the achievement of a set of goals or who holds minimal expectations for the success of a program.
  2. a practitioner of minimalism in music or art.
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of minimalism.
  2. being or offering no more than what is required or essential: a minimalist program for tax reform.
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Origin of minimalist

1905–10; in political use < French minimaliste (see minimal, -ist), translation of Russian men'shevík Menshevik; subsequent uses perhaps recoinage with minimal, -ist
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Related Words for minimalist

minimal, essential, minimum, moderate, conservative, stark, austere, spare, spartan, unadulterated, basic

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British Dictionary definitions for minimalist


noun (in early 20th-century Russia)
  1. a member of the faction of the Social Revolutionaries that advocated immediate postrevolutionary democracy
  2. a less common name for a Menshevik
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  1. a person advocating a minimal policy, style, technique, action, etc
  2. a minimal artist
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  1. of or relating to minimal art or artists
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Word Origin and History for minimalist


1907; see minimal + -ist. Originally an Englishing of Menshevik (q.v.); in sense of "practitioner of minimal art" it is first recorded 1967; the term minimal art is from 1965. As an adjective from 1917 in the Russian political sense; 1969 in reference to art. Related: Minimalistic; Minimalism.

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