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[vawr-tuh-siz-uh m]
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.
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Origin of vorticism

1910–15; < Latin vortic-, stem of vortex vortex + -ism
Related formsvor·ti·cist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vorticism

Historical Examples

  • It may be urged that Blast does not represent Futurism, but Vorticism.

    The Book of This and That

    Robert Lynd

  • One of the healthiest movements of the day, though without novelty, is Vorticism whose headquarters are London.

  • With Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism we may be witnessing the beginning of a new tradition.

British Dictionary definitions for vorticism


  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
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Derived Formsvorticist, noun

Word Origin

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