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minimalist (n.)

1907, "person who advocates moderate reforms or policies;" see minimal + -ist. Originally an Englishing of Menshevik (q.v.); in sense of "practitioner of minimal art" it is first recorded 1967; the term minimal art itself is from 1965. As an adjective from 1917 in the Russian political sense; 1969 in reference to art. Related: Minimalistic; Minimalism.

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Definitions of minimalist
1
minimalist (n.)
a conservative who advocates only minor reforms in government or politics;
minimalist (n.)
a practitioner or advocate of artistic minimalism;
2
minimalist (adj.)
of or relating to artistic minimalism;
minimalist (adj.)
advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics);
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