[ vawr-tuh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈvɔr təˌsɪz əm /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

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.

Nearby words

  1. vortex vein,
  2. vortical,
  3. vortically,
  4. vorticella,
  5. vortices,
  6. vorticity,
  7. vorticose,
  8. vortiginous,
  9. vortumnus,
  10. vosges

Origin of vorticism

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

Related formsvor·ti·cist, noun, adjective

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/ (ˈvɔːtɪˌsɪzəm) /


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
Derived Formsvorticist, noun

Word Origin for vorticism

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

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