Definitions for contemporary
kənˈtɛm pəˌrɛr icon·tem·po·ra·ry
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a person of nearly the same age as another
characteristic of the present
"contemporary trends in design"; "the role of computers in modern-day medicine"
belonging to the present time
occurring in the same period of time
"a rise in interest rates is often contemporaneous with an increase in inflation"; "the composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart"
Someone living at the same time.
Cervantes was a contemporary of Shakespeare
Any creature living at the same time.
The early mammals inherited the earth by surviving their saurian contemporaries
Something existing at the same time.
Often contemporary customs differ as if dating from different ages, whether they do or not
From the same time period, coexistent in time.
Modern, of the present age.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: contemporain, French.
Albert Durer was contemporary to Lucas. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
A grove born with himself he sees,
And loves his old contemporary trees. Abraham Cowley.
It is impossible to make the ideas of yesterday, to-day, and to-morrow, to be the same; or bring ages past and future together, and make them contemporary. John Locke.
One who lives at the same time with another.
All this in blooming youth you have atchiev’d;
Nor are your soil’d contemporaries griev’d. Dryden.
As he has been favourable to me, he will hear of his kindness from our contemporaries; for we are fallen into an age illiterate, censorious, and detracting. John Dryden, Juv. Preface.
The active part of mankind, as they do most for the good of their contemporaries, very deservedly gain the greatest share in their applauses. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 40.
Contemporary history, in English-language historiography, is a subset of modern history that describes the historical period from approximately 1945 to the present. Contemporary history is either a subset of the late modern period, or it is one of the three major subsets of modern history, alongside the early modern period and the late modern period. In the social sciences, contemporary history is also continuous with, and related to, the rise of postmodernity. Contemporary history is politically dominated by the Cold War (1947–1991) between the Western Bloc, led by the United States, and the Eastern Bloc, led by the Soviet Union. The confrontation spurred fears of a nuclear war. An all-out "hot" war was avoided, but both sides intervened in the internal politics of smaller nations in their bid for global influence and via proxy wars. The Cold War ultimately ended with the Revolutions of 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The latter stages and aftermath of the Cold War enabled the democratization of much of Europe, Africa, and Latin America. In the Middle East, the period after 1945 was dominated by decolonization, the conflict involving the new state of Israel, the rise of petroleum politics, the decline of Arab nationalism, and the growth of Islamism. The first supranational organizations of government, such as the United Nations and European Union, emerged during the period after 1945, while the European colonial empires in Africa and Asia had mostly ended by 1975. Countercultures rose and the sexual revolution transformed social relations in western countries between the 1960s and 1980s, as seen in the protests of 1968. Living standards rose sharply across the developed world because of the post-war economic boom. Japan and West Germany both emerged as exceptionally strong economies. The culture of the United States spread widely, with American television and movies spreading across the world. Some Western countries began a slow process of deindustrializing in the 1970s; globalization led to the emergence of new financial and industrial centers in Asia. The Japanese economic miracle was later followed by the Four Asian Tigers of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan; and later China after its economic reform, which then exported its consumer and technological goods around the world. Science made new advances after 1945: spaceflight, nuclear technology, lasers, semiconductors, molecular biology, genetics, particle physics, and the Standard Model of quantum field theory. The first commercial computers were created, followed by the Internet, beginning the Information Age.
Contemporary refers to something existing, occurring, or living at the same time or belonging to the same time period. It is often used to describe current, modern or recent times and trends. The term can also describe people, objects, ideas, styles, etc., that exist together in the same time period.
living, occuring, or existing, at the same time; done in, or belonging to, the same times; contemporaneous
of the same age; coeval
one who lives at the same time with another; as, Petrarch and Chaucer were contemporaries
Etymology: [Pref. con- + L. temporarius of belonging to time, tempus time. See Temporal, and cf. Contemporaneous.]
Contemporary was a monthly visual arts magazine based in London. Founded and edited as The Green Book by Keith Spencer as a quarterly publication, it re-emerged under the title Contemporary Art in 1993. On the death of Spencer, the title was acquired by Gordon and Breach Publishing, and produced four issues under the editorship of Lynne Green, Spencer's deputy. The magazine finally found its feet as a committed contemporary art publication in 1996 under the editorial control of Keith Patrick and with the change of title to Contemporary Visual Arts, later abbreviated to CVA. During this period the magazine achieved sales of nearly 20,000, including 5,000 subscribers, with distribution mainly in the UK, Europe, the States and Australia. Its base at this time was the former Peek Freans biscuit factory in Bermondsey, London, the site of several key early exhibitions of the YBA generation. With the collapse of the G+B parent company in 2001, the title was acquired by Art 21 and reappeared as Contemporary in January 2002 although no longer with an exclusive commitment to the visual arts. In 2003 a sister publication, Contemporary 21, was launched. Initially media-focused, with special issues dedicated to painting, sculpture, video art and performance, it would later embrace a wider range of topics, from art collecting to the relationship between visual art and architecture. In 2006 Contemporary published its first Annual, featuring 50 emerging artists nominated by its network of world correspondents. In 2008 the magazine relocated to Panama City, where it ceased publication after failing in an attempt to start a Spanish-language edition.
Relating to the current moment of time.
Contemporary art is beautiful, stylish and elegant.
Submitted by MaryC on April 22, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'contemporary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2248
Rank popularity for the word 'contemporary' in Nouns Frequency: #3015
Rank popularity for the word 'contemporary' in Adjectives Frequency: #305
The numerical value of contemporary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of contemporary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
“Prolific world acclaimed author and contemporary poet…Arguably one of the best and most recognized poets in the contemporary field beyond any doubt! …[reminiscent of] the great Kahlil Gibran.”
We met more or less in secret, and he educated me on the subject of code, modern codes, contemporary coding systems -- at least contemporary in' 88.
I definitely think he is conscious that as the first black president, he will be a subject of endless historical scrutiny as well as intense contemporary scrutiny.
This is where we ask critical questions about the positive image portrayed and reveal what is not said on air, actors and audience have their say, thereby painting a picture of contemporary Rwanda.
Because I write contemporary, magical realism and speculative for both children and adults, I spend a lot of time thinking about real settings for the contemporary books and the pieces that could be taken from those places to create fantasy spaces. But I also like to look for the magic in the real world…
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- عصري, معاصر, حديثArabic
- едновременен, модерен, съвременен, съвременник, съвременницаBulgarian
- contemporaniCatalan, Valencian
- současnice, moderní, současný, současníkCzech
- nutids-, samtidig, nutidige, moderneDanish
- Zeitgen, modern, Zeitgenossin, Zeitgenosse, zeitgenössischGerman
- σύγχρονος, σύγχρονοGreek
- contemporario, contemporáneoSpanish
- معاصر, نوینPersian
- nykyajan, senaikainen, aikalainenFinnish
- co-aimsireilScottish Gaelic
- עכשווי, בן דורHebrew
- jafnaldri, samtíðarmaðurIcelandic
- coetaneo, contemporaneoItalian
- コンテンポラリー, モダン, 現代, 近代Japanese
- 동시대의, 현대Korean
- aequālis, coaevālis, aetatisLatin
- современик, современMacedonian
- contemporain, tijdgenote, hedendaags, gelijktijdig, tijdgenoot, eigentijdsDutch
- samtidig, moderneNorwegian
- contemporânea, moderna, contemporâneoPortuguese
- contemporani, contemporană, contemporanRomanian
- современный, современник, современницаRussian
- samtida, nutidaSwedish
- modern, çağdaşTurkish
- сучасник, сучасниця, сучаснийUkrainian
- عصر حاUrdu
- đồng thờiVietnamese
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