What does modernity mean?

Definitions for modernitymɒˈdɜr nɪ ti, moʊ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word modernity.

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of modernity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of modernity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles Baudelaire:

    Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.

  2. Anders Christian Madsen:

    Based solely on American menswear history, I would say it's defined by a mix of modernity and functionality. And, of course, business savvy.

  3. Paul de Man:

    The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.

  4. Puig Saura:

    Life, from birth to death, happens on the streets, and there is also this fabulous mix of tradition and modernity, European influence and Asian character.

  5. Paul de Man:

    Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure.

Images & Illustrations of modernity

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Translations for modernity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • modernidadSpanish
  • nua-aois, nua-aimsearthacht, nua-aoiseachtIrish
  • совремие, модерност, современостMacedonian
  • nowoczesność, nowożytnośćPolish

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