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[suh-prem-uh-tiz-uh m, soo-]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter) Fine Arts.
  1. a nonrepresentational style of art developed in Russia in the early 20th century, characterized by severely simple geometric shapes or forms and an extremely limited palette.
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Origin of suprematism

< Russian suprematízm (1913) < French suprémat(ie) supremacy + Russian -izm -ism
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  1. a form of pure cubist art, launched in Russia in 1913, and based on the principle that paintings should be composed only of rectangles, circles, triangles, or crosses
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Derived FormsSuprematist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for Suprematism

C20: from suprematist a supporter of this theory, from French suprémacie supremacy
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