The definition of postmodern is relating to a movement in arts and literature that returned to traditional forms in architecture and away from social concerns in literature.
An example of postmodern is the basic theme and style of the famous Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
- coming after, and typically in reaction to, modernism in the 20th century, esp. in the arts and literature; specif., of or relating to a diffuse cultural and artistic trend or movement, esp. in art, architecture, and writing, since the 1950s, characterized by eclecticism in style and content, freedom from strict theoretical constraints, indifference to social concerns, etc.
- designating or of various theories used widely in criticism and interpretation, which question or reject claims of absolute certainty, objective truth, and, as in language or works of art, intrinsic meaning, regarding such claims instead as assertions of privilege, political power, etc.
- Of or relating to art, architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier modernist principles, as by reintroducing traditional or classical elements of style or by carrying modernist styles or practices to extremes: “It [a roadhouse]is so architecturally interesting … with its postmodern wooden booths and sculptural clock” ( Ruth Reichl )
- Of or relating to an intellectual stance often marked by eclecticism and irony and tending to reject the universal validity of such principles as hierarchy, binary opposition, categorization, and stable identity.
(comparative more postmodern, superlative most postmodern)
post- +"Ž modern