[ mod-er-nist ]
/ ˈmɒd ər nɪst /


a person who follows or favors modern ways, tendencies, etc.
a person who advocates the study of modern subjects in preference to ancient classics.
an adherent of modernism in theological questions.


of modernists or modernism.

Origin of modernist

First recorded in 1580–90; modern + -ist
Related formsan·ti·mod·ern·ist, noun, adjectivehy·per·mod·ern·ist, nounpro·mod·ern·ist, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for modernist



1580s, "a modern person," from modern + -ist. Later, "a supporter of the modern" (as opposed to the classical), c.1700. As a follower of a movement in the arts (modernism), attested from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper