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minimalist

[min-uh-muh-list] /ˈmɪn ə mə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person who favors a moderate approach to the achievement of a set of goals or who holds minimal expectations for the success of a program.
2.
a practitioner of minimalism in music or art.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of minimalism.
4.
being or offering no more than what is required or essential:
a minimalist program for tax reform.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; in political use < French minimaliste (see minimal, -ist), translation of Russian men'shevík Menshevik; subsequent uses perhaps recoinage with minimal, -ist
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Minimalist

/ˈmɪnɪməlɪst/
noun (in early 20th-century Russia)
1.
a member of the faction of the Social Revolutionaries that advocated immediate postrevolutionary democracy
2.
a less common name for a Menshevik
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Word Origin and History for minima-list

minimalist

n.

1907; see minimal + -ist. Originally an Englishing of Menshevik (q.v.); in sense of "practitioner of minimal art" it is first recorded 1967; the term minimal art is from 1965. As an adjective from 1917 in the Russian political sense; 1969 in reference to art. Related: Minimalistic; Minimalism.

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