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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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  • Thus the dethronement of tradition by the Pope contributed to make the modernist movement possible.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • It is always easy to be a modernist, as it is easy to be a snob.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • A balance in number, with himself in between, a still picture from a modernist ballet.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • It is always easy to be a modernist; as it is easy to be a snob.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
  • The Scala is one of the largest cafs in Berlin, where the modernist style in architecture has been carried out fully.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
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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