Definition of futurism in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Concern with events and trends of the future, or which anticipate the future.

    • ‘From this standpoint, the city's monstrous caricature of futurism is simply shrewd marketing.’
    • ‘As their music spoke of futurism and electronics (and everything did in those days), their tinny little keyboards were being pushed to the limits of technology and cracking under the strain.’
    • ‘The art of painting the sensation of flying, aeropittura, came to dominate 1930s futurism, but is still little known here.’
    • ‘Emotional disconnect, man-machine sexual politics, dystopian futurism, German electronic-music fetishes - Bowie was post-millennial before we even hit 1980.’
    • ‘He makes a good point about sci-fi's wrong futurism at the start.’
    • ‘Rampant futurism used to be an integral feature of theme parks, often sponsored by industry giants as a means of promoting their products.’
    • ‘There was the Manhattan skyline, stretched out like a diorama, from the World Trade Center's towers to Riverside Church, with the timeless futurism of the spires of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building crowning midtown.’
    • ‘They allow us, for a while, to indulge in a fantasy of futurism.’
    • ‘But don't file it under futurism, because this future is now.’
    • ‘It emerges from what you might call stunted futurism.’
    • ‘Butler's futurism similarly intensifies the contradictions of modern society.’
    • ‘It changes back, the boogie boogies and the whole experience sounds like a bar room hoedown between classicism and futurism.’
    • ‘It's also kind of obvious as well, speaking more about contemporary notions of futurism - and how those notions have migrated away from marginal audiences into the mainstream - than any actual manifestation of the ‘future’.’
    • ‘Through journals like these, the vorticists cultivated a small public instead of the mass public that commercial advertising, futurism, suffragism, and the Fabians sought to marshal.’
    • ‘Only now are we entering a new stage, ‘trans-gravity’, when the complex systems developed by earthbound architects and the ambitions of government agencies and scientists will all collide in a cloud of dazzling futurism.’
    • ‘I can only presume that even when it comes to NASA they think the public prefers nostalgic futurism to Ridley Scott.’
    • ‘Although the dawn of futurism invited greater emphasis on modes of production than on commercialization, and playwright Denise Clarke twists her focus to be more justly feminine, Breeder owes clear ancestry.’
    • ‘As with all terribles simplificateurs, some of his ideas are, at least, suggestive. For example, among the characteristic features of disintegrating civilisations he finds the conjoined twins of archaism and futurism.’
    • ‘It reminded me just how inaccurate science fiction and futurism inevitably are.’
    • ‘I had, admittedly, written a book with Watts Wacker on the future, but I neither knew that futurism was a discipline, nor that I was a futurist.’
    1. 1.1An artistic movement begun in Italy in 1909, which strongly rejected traditional forms and embraced the energy and dynamism of modern technology. Launched by Filippo Marinetti, it had effectively ended by 1918 but was widely influential, particularly in Russia on figures such as Malevich and Mayakovsky.
      • ‘The practice of kinetic art in Latin America is heir to such European movements as Futurism and Constructivism.’
      • ‘The principles of Futurism were laid down by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and published by him in a manifesto in 1909.’
      • ‘Benjamin valorizes those art movements - Dada and Surrealism - that consciously attack bourgeois notions of artistic autonomy, while aligning Futurism with the aestheticized discourse of fascism.’
      • ‘On the surface, the show uses the painting to tell a conventional academic story about Futurism, the radical Italian movement dedicated to bringing the dynamism of modern society into art.’
      • ‘Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Purism, Neo-Plasticism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, social realism, his art experienced them all.’
      • ‘Because of its physicality, it has a tactility and availability that the light in Cubism and Futurism, which strongly influenced the Russian avant-garde, rarely if ever has.’
      • ‘The movement exhibited aspects of Cubism, Russian Constructivism and Italian Futurism - associated with the rise of Fascism - celebrating the rise of commerce and technology.’
      • ‘Some passages evoke the mechanical dynamism of Futurism.’
      • ‘Abstraction dominated after 1910, especially in the form of neoprimitivism, Cubism, Suprematism, Futurism, and Constructivism.’
      • ‘Early abstract artists associated with Futurism, Constructivism and Cubism similarly sought to make works that captured a kind of pure dynamism.’
      • ‘Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, and Surrealism emerged in the fine arts.’
      • ‘The first, 1920-40, includes the work of a number of artists who returned from studies in Europe, bringing with them firsthand news of such movements as Cubism, Futurism and Constructivism.’
      • ‘But there's something awfully deriative about them, a mish-mash of cubism, constructivism, futurism, vorticism, Merz and more.’
      • ‘Much experimental music at the time incorporated the ideals of Dada, Surrealism, Futurism, Expressionism and abstract painting.’
      • ‘His paintings point the way toward modernist work on signs in Cubism, Futurism, collage, and Dada, and they reveal the logic of the wariness about the relation of picture and world that is a hallmark of modernism.’
      • ‘Art historically, they imaginatively summarize his stylistic dalliances with Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism and the period's interest in ‘primitive’ art.’
      • ‘It came out in the art of the teens and twenties, Cubism, Futurism, the Bauhaus, Surrealism.’
      • ‘Day's experiments with modernist movements such as Cubism and Futurism are also on display.’
      • ‘Burger used the term avant-garde only in reference to Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism.’
      • ‘One of his first exhibitions was of Bauhaus work, including type, book and periodical design, and later exhibits expanded to include documents of Dada, Futurism, and Surrealism.’


From future + -ism, translating Italian futurismo, French futurisme.