modernism has definitions from the field of fine art
[ noun ] (fine art) genre of art and literature that makes a self-conscious break with previous genres

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(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

To the Traditionalists , it was a brilliant satire on modernism ; to the Neo Classicists , it was a challenge to the pre-war world .

(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)

He and also Mr._Cowley and Mr._Warren have fallen to the temptation which besets many_of us to read into our authors - Nathaniel_Hawthorne , for_example , and Herman_Melville - protests against modernism , material progress , and science which are genuine protests of our own but may not have been theirs .

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[ noun ] the quality of being current or of the present


: "a shopping mall would instill a spirit of modernity into this village"

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currentness modern

[ noun ] practices typical of contemporary life or thought

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