[ vawr-tuh-siz-uhm ]

noun(sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a short-lived avant-garde British art movement that was nurtured by Wyndham Lewis, derived from futurism and cubism, and reached its climax in an exhibition in London in 1915, dwindling in influence after World War I.

Origin of vorticism

1910–15; <Latin vortic-, stem of vortexvortex + -ism

Other words from vorticism

  • vor·ti·cist, noun, adjective

Words Nearby vorticism

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British Dictionary definitions for vorticism


/ (ˈvɔːtɪˌsɪzəm) /

  1. an art movement in England initiated in 1913 by Wyndham Lewis combining the techniques of cubism with the concern for the problems of the machine age evinced in futurism

Origin of vorticism

C20: referring to the "vortices" of modern life on which the movement was based

Derived forms of vorticism

  • vorticist, noun

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