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[mo-dur-ni-tee, moh-] /mɒˈdɜr nɪ ti, moʊ-/
noun, plural modernities.
the quality of being modern.
something modern.
Origin of modernity
1620-30; modern + -ity
Related forms
hypermodernity, noun, plural hypermodernities.
unmodernity, noun, plural unmodernities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for modernity
  • Dude, you're a real humanist, progressive thinker and epitome of modernity.
  • The newly discovered artifacts fuel the debate on when humans crossed the threshold into cultural modernity.
  • Some scientists have suggested that modernity required a genetically based change in our cognitive powers.
  • On the bustling stage of modernity they're exposed as ruling myths, persisting as an empty carapace, even a straitjacket.
  • Yes, they're semi-corny moments completely out of sync with modernity.
  • In every instance, these societies are not failed attempts of modernity.
  • But modernity might yet prove the cure, in two dimensions.
  • The monthly diwan deftly navigates between heritage and modernity.
  • In a debut novel, a town lost in time is thrust headlong into modernity.
  • All the countries of the developing world have seen a conflict between tradition and modernity.
British Dictionary definitions for modernity


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or state of being modern
something modern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for modernity

1620s, from Medieval Latin modernitatem, noun of quality from modernus (see modern).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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