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modernist

[mod-er-nist] /ˈmɒd ər nɪst/
noun
1.
a person who follows or favors modern ways, tendencies, etc.
2.
a person who advocates the study of modern subjects in preference to ancient classics.
3.
an adherent of modernism in theological questions.
adjective
4.
of modernists or modernism.
Origin of modernist
1580-1590
1580-90; modern + -ist
Related forms
antimodernist, noun, adjective
hypermodernist, noun
promodernist, adjective, noun
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n.

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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