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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Modern thought, character, or practice.
  • n. Sympathy with or conformity to modern ideas, practices, or standards.
  • n. A peculiarity of usage or style, as of a word or phrase, that is characteristic of modern times.
  • n. The deliberate departure from tradition and the use of innovative forms of expression that distinguish many styles in the arts and literature of the 20th century.
  • n. A Roman Catholic movement, officially condemned in 1907, that attempted to examine traditional belief according to contemporary philosophy, criticism, and historiography.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Modern or contemporary ideas, thought, practices, etc.
  • n. Anything that is characteristic of modernity.
  • n. any of several styles of art, architecture, literature, philosophy, etc., that flourished in the 20th century
  • n. a religious movement in the early 20th century that tried to reconcile Roman Catholic dogma with modern science and philosophy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of expression.
  • n. Certain methods and tendencies which, in Biblical questions, apologetics, and the theory of dogma, in the endeavor to reconcile the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church with the conclusions of modern science, replace the authority of the church by purely subjective criteria; -- so called officially by Pope Pius X.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deviation from ancient manner or practice; something recently made or introduced; especially, a modern phrase, idiom, or mode of expression.
  • n. Modern cast or character; a modern method of thinking, or the habit of regarding matters from a modern point of view.
  • n. Specifically, a tendency among Roman Catholics to modern and progressive views condemned by Pius X. in an encyclical issued in 1907.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being current or of the present
  • n. genre of art and literature that makes a self-conscious break with previous genres
  • n. practices typical of contemporary life or thought

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