- noting or pertaining to architecture of the late 20th century, appearing in the 1960s, that consciously uses complex forms, fantasy, and allusions to historic styles, in contrast to the austere forms and emphasis on utility of standard modern architecture.
- extremely modern; cutting-edge: postmodern kids who grew up on MTV.
Origin of postmodern
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The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
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It’s arguably the best film of the ‘90s—a postmodern pop culture smorgasbord awash in nihilism and dripping with retro cool.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
We Americans, as the postmodern conservative professor Peter Lawler has put it, refuse to see ourselves as mere "history fodder."Meet The Democrats’ Secret Savior Against Cuomo Corporatism
September 14, 2014
Perhaps this is some postmodern gay subversion, but to me it just seemed like lousy writing and lackluster direction.Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve.
January 24, 2014
Gabe tried to kick his postmodern, adolescent sense of ennui (a “lame” feeling) through members of the opposite sex (“dames”).The Best Lyrics From Daniel Day-Lewis’s Son’s Rap Song
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- (in the arts, architecture, etc) characteristic of a style and school of thought that rejects the dogma and practices of any form of modernism; in architecture, contrasting with international modernism and featuring elements from several periods, esp the Classical, often with ironic use of decoration
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