Modernist



a person who follows or favors ways, tendencies, etc.
a person who advocates the study of subjects in preference to ancient classics.
an adherent of in theological questions.
of modernists or .
Contemporary Examples

This week: hedge funders exposed, 900 Victorian novels in brief, and the modernist in Arnold Bennett.
The Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard August 19, 2009

She had been portrayed in a modernist manner: her face all dabbed, violent brushstrokes, her eyes disturbed.
Welcome to Woolwich, Where English Terrorists Say Sorry While They Murder Peter Pomerantsev May 22, 2013

Some day, when I can afford it, I will buy myself a nice Danish modernist desk.
How I Write: Paul Lynch Noah Charney December 17, 2013

Stuff like a $345 key-shaped brass bottle opener by Viennese modernist designer Carl Aubock.
I Went to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Pop-Up Shop Andrew Romano May 4, 2014

I like how they take the rigorous grid of modernist art and put it back on the street.
Mike Swaney Puts Barcelona On Lock-Down Blake Gopnik January 10, 2013

Historical Examples

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

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.

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