Definitions for modernitymɒˈdɜr nɪ ti, moʊ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mo•der•ni•tymɒˈdɜr nɪ ti, moʊ-(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the quality of being modern.

  2. something modern.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. modernity, modernness, modernism, contemporaneity, contemporaneousness(noun)

    the quality of being current or of the present

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


  1. modernity(Noun)

    the quality of being modern or contemporary.

    He was impressed by the architecture's modernity.

  2. modernity(Noun)

    modern times.

    The organization survived from ancient times to modernity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modernity(noun)

    modernness; something modern


  1. Modernity

    Modernity typically refers to a post-traditional, post-medieval historical period, one marked by the move from feudalism toward capitalism, industrialization, secularization, rationalization, the nation-state and its constituent institutions and forms of surveillance. Charles Pierre Baudelaire is credited with coining the term "modernity" to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience. Conceptually, modernity relates to the modern era and to modernism, but forms a distinct concept. Whereas the Enlightenment invokes a specific movement in Western philosophy, modernity tends to refer only to the social relations associated with the rise of capitalism. Modernity may also refer to tendencies in intellectual culture, particularly the movements intertwined with secularisation and post-industrial life, such as Marxism, existentialism, and the formal establishment of social science. In context, modernity has been associated with cultural and intellectual movements of 1436–1789 and extending to the 1970s or later.

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