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  • adj. Of, or relating to modernism.
  • n. A follower or proponent of modernism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who admires the moderns, or their ways and fashions.
  • n. An advocate of the teaching of modern subjects, as modern languages, in preference to the ancient classics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A modern.
  • n. One who admires or prefers that which is modern; especially, an advocate of modern learning, or of the study of modern languages, in preference to the ancient.
  • n. One who holds modern views; specifically, a Roman Catholic who holds the views (modernism) condemned by Pius X. in his encyclical issued in 1907.

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

  • n. an artist who makes a deliberate break with previous styles


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