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modernism (n.)

1737, "deviation from the ancient and classical manner" [Johnson, who calls it "a word invented by Swift"], from modern (adj.) + -ism. From 1830 as "modern ways and styles." As a movement in the arts (away from classical or traditional modes), from 1924.

I wish you would give orders against the corruption of English by those scribblers who send us over [to Ireland] their trash in prose and verse, with abominable curtailings and quaint modernisms. [Swift to Pope, July 23, 1737]

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Definitions of modernism

modernism (n.)
genre of art and literature that makes a self-conscious break with previous genres;
modernism (n.)
the quality of being current or of the present;
Synonyms: modernity / modernness / contemporaneity / contemporaneousness
modernism (n.)
practices typical of contemporary life or thought;
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