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[mod-er-nist] /ˈmɒd ər nɪst/
a person who follows or favors modern ways, tendencies, etc.
a person who advocates the study of modern subjects in preference to ancient classics.
an adherent of modernism in theological questions.
of modernists or modernism.
Origin of modernist
1580-90; modern + -ist
Related forms
antimodernist, noun, adjective
hypermodernist, noun
promodernist, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My guess is that it goes back to post-modernist philosophy in which there is no objective reality only perception.
  • Havens had hardly spoken before powerful modernist rebels declared their opposition.
  • Its modernist architecture attracted her, and she decided to cross-process her pictures.
  • But his demotion from the modernist canon has been prompted by moral disapproval as well.
  • The exhibition traces the modernist taste for clean lines and an industrial.
  • Bosses may stick a few modernist daubs on their boardroom walls.
  • Inevitably, its fine modernist headquarters have been converted to expensive loft-style housing.
  • By the time she was five, her father counted on her to offer presentations on modernist art.
  • It's a coin toss to determine which one was the first modernist pop singer.
  • To the post-modernist sensibility, literature is not the stimulus for theory but the consequence of it.
Word Origin and History for modernist

1580s, "a modern person," from modern + -ist. Later, "a supporter of the modern" (as opposed to the classical), c.1700. As a follower of a movement in the arts (modernism), attested from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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