Modernism definition

mŏdər-nĭzəm
Any of several movements variously attempting to redefine Biblical and Christian dogma and traditional teachings in the light of modern science, historical research, etc.: condemned in the Roman Catholic Church in 1907 as a heresy.
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A peculiarity of usage or style, as of a word or phrase, that is characteristic of modern times.
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Modernism is a technique, thought, discussion, creative work or genre of art and literature that breaks from the classical mold or that is considered cutting-edge.

An example of modernism is a technique in art that breaks from classical stylings.

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A Roman Catholic movement, officially condemned in 1907, that attempted to examine traditional belief according to contemporary philosophy, criticism, and historiography.
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The early 20th-cent. movement or trend in which certain artists and writers, esp. those (as Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and Picasso) of the period between WWI and WWII, broke with established traditions and sought new modes of expression.
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Modern thought, character, or practice.
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Sympathy with or conformity to modern ideas, practices, or standards.
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Modern practices, trends, ideas, etc., or sympathy with any of these.
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An instance of this; a modern idiom, practice, or usage.
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(uncountable) Modern or contemporary ideas, thought, practices, etc.
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(countable) Anything that is characteristic of modernity.
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Any of several styles of art, architecture, literature, philosophy, etc., that flourished in the 20th century.
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A religious movement in the early 20th century that tried to reconcile Roman Catholic dogma with modern science and philosophy.
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The deliberate departure from tradition and the use of innovative forms of expression that distinguish many styles in the arts and literature of the 1900s.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
modernism
Plural:
modernisms