[ mod-er-nist ]

  1. a person who follows or favors modern ways, tendencies, etc.

  2. a person who advocates the study of modern subjects in preference to ancient classics.

  1. an adherent of modernism in theological questions.

  1. of modernists or modernism.

Origin of modernist

First recorded in 1580–90; modern + -ist

Other words from modernist

  • an·ti·mod·ern·ist, noun, adjective
  • hy·per·mod·ern·ist, noun
  • pro·mod·ern·ist, adjective, noun

Words Nearby modernist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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