post-modern

postmodern

[pohst-mod-ern]
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to architecture of the late 20th century, appearing in the 1960s, that consciously uses complex forms, fantasy, and allusions to historic styles, in contrast to the austere forms and emphasis on utility of standard modern architecture.
2.
extremely modern; cutting-edge: postmodern kids who grew up on MTV.

Origin:
1945–50; post- + modern

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postmodern (pəʊstˈmɒdən)
 
adj
(in the arts, architecture, etc) characteristic of a style and school of thought that rejects the dogma and practices of any form of modernism; in architecture, contrasting with international modernism and featuring elements from several periods, esp the Classical, often with ironic use of decoration
 
post'modernism
 
n
 
post'modernist
 
n, —adj

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post-modern
1949, from post- + modern. Originally in architecture writing; specific sense in the arts emerged 1960s. Postmodernism defined by Terry Eagleton as "the contemporary movement of thought which rejects ... the possibility of objective knowledge" and is therefore "skeptical of truth, unity, and progress."
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