a movement in the arts, originated by Italian painters shortly before WWI: they opposed traditionalism and sought to depict dynamic movement by eliminating conventional form and by stressing the speed, flux, and violence of the machine age
Origin of futurismItalian futurismo ; from futuro, future
- A belief that the meaning of life and one's personal fulfillment lie in the future and not in the present or past.
- An artistic movement originating in Italy around 1910 whose aim was to express the energetic, dynamic, and violent quality of contemporary life, especially as embodied in the motion and force of modern machinery.
- Christianity A belief that biblical prophecies, especially those contained in the book of Revelation, will be literally fulfilled at some point in the future.
(countable and uncountable, plural futurisms)
- An early 20th century avant-garde art movement focused on speed, the mechanical, and the modern, which took a deeply antagonistic attitude to traditional artistic conventions; (originated by F.T. Marinetti, among others).
- The study and prediction of possible futures.
- (Judaism) The Jewish expectation of the messiah in the future rather than recognizing him in the presence of Christ.
- (Christianity) Eschatological interpretations associating some Biblical prophecies with future events yet to be fulfilled, including the Second Coming.
From future + -ism.