- the movement in Roman Catholic thought that sought to interpret the teachings of the Church in the light of philosophic and scientific conceptions prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: condemned by Pope Pius X in 1907.
- the liberal theological tendency in Protestantism in the 20th century.
Examples from the Web for modernism
If modernism was going to be acceptable, its leftist leanings had to be gotten rid of.
What every fan of modernism may not know is that all of these designers were Jewish.
In the early years, modernism had a kind of progressive, even socialist bent to it.
In the early years—the 1920s and 1930s—modernism was seen as “out there.”
In America, modernism was stripped of its socialist leanings.
The opposition to Modernism is not yet a part of the history of thought.Edward Caldwell Moore|Edward Moore
It is this “Modernism” that “His Holiness” so much fears and is trying to arrest.The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul|Jirah D. Buck
If any woman presumed to get free with him, modernism would be flung aside for primitive emotions.Mountain|Clement Wood
He has joined with modernism most consistently, having arrived at this state of progression by the process of investigation.Adventures in the Arts|Marsden Hartley
Neither then nor later had he the smallest sympathy with or interest in Modernism.Hugh|Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for modernism
Word Origin and History for modernism
1737, "deviation from the ancient and classical manner" [Johnson, who calls it "a word invented by Swift"], from modern + -ism. From 1830 as "modern ways and styles." Used in theology since 1901. As a movement in the arts (away from classical or traditional modes), from 1929.