Definition of futurist in English:



  • 1An adherent of Futurism.

    • ‘And an almost identical declaration has been made in turn by the Symbolists, by Italian and Russian Futurists, by German Expressionists, and so on and on.’
    • ‘According to him, the Communists revolutionised social content while the Futurists merely revolutionised artistic form.’
    • ‘By contrast, the intuitive consciousness Boccioni and the Futurists associated with artistic creativity and the violence of the male revolutionary represented the elan vital as a fully operative agent of creative evolution.’
    • ‘The Russian Futurists rejected Symbolism, which had been such a powerful force in the country's art, demanding a new and experimental attitude, and they welcomed the Revolution.’
    • ‘Even the modernist aesthetic revolt of the Futurists against bourgeois traditionalism and bad taste served the interventionist cause by inventing a new style and symbolic expression for the radical nationalism of the streets.’
    • ‘Aesthetically, it recalls the jagged, fragmented abstract art of the Italian Futurists, Russia's Suprematists and Constructivists, and Vorticist Wyndham Lewis.’
    • ‘Here are jumbled together manifestos from the Bauhaus, Surrealism, Dada, the Suprematists and the Futurists.’
    • ‘He studied at the Brussels Academy from 1916, associating with the Belgian avant-garde - poets and painters - and admiring the Futurists and the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico.’
    • ‘This is something that was clearly present with the Dadaists, as with the Futurists, both Italian and Russian, around the time of the first world war, and it began to take new and very dynamic forms after the second war.’
    • ‘Accordingly, she gives what is now the near obligatory nod to Marcel Duchamp while omitting any discussion of those Dadaists or Futurists who had abandoned the studio and its craft as being central to artistic and cultural production.’
    • ‘The Italian Futurists aimed to free art from all its historical restraints and celebrate the new beauty of the modern age.’
    • ‘The Futurists saw art as a weapon in a bitter struggle with the old.’
    • ‘He went on to say that he had not meant to imply that the named artists were Futurists, or had even endorsed the movement, but that he had named them as ‘advanced forces of English Art’.’
    • ‘Beginning with performance art and Futurists, she discussed disruptive forums that appeal to a broad public, both anarchic and socially engaged, breaking down categories, bridging disciplines, open-ended and malleable acts.’
    • ‘The Futurists, the Surrealists, the abstract expressionists, all sought their passionate rhapsodies, of mechanization, or libido, or spontaneity.’
    • ‘But there is no reason to assume a logical link between the two, as Brecht, the Futurists and the Surrealists recognised.’
    • ‘Typically the Futurists employed images of romanticism, the sacred and the military, to elevate drivers killed in accidents to the status of sacrifices on the altar of technology.’
    • ‘The theme was clearly shared by many artists, among them the Futurists, Picabia (Duchamp's boon companion for a time) and the Delaunays.’
    • ‘Right now, the market is hungry for Italian art from the Fifties and Sixties, as well as the Futurists and such evergreens as Mario Sironi and Morandi.’
    • ‘References to Marcel Duchamp, Frederick Nietzche and the Italian Futurists are all woven into Hitlers' artistic ethos, even though he claims to be an anti-modernist.’
  • 2A person who studies the future and makes predictions about it based on current trends.

    ‘the agency hired a futurist to pinpoint trends’
    • ‘I'm a lousy futurist, so I'm loathe to make any big predictions.’
    • ‘And then the people responsible for running the existing business become threatened because everything the futurist is doing involves obsoleting what they do.’
    • ‘Many futurists predict that people will soon be recording almost every waking moment in their lives.’
    • ‘A futurist is someone who uses various tools and strategies to analyze trends about the future.’
    • ‘This technological revolution is so pervasive in our culture that many self-proclaimed experts and futurists are predicting a paperless society - and sooner rather than later.’
    • ‘For a while there, I visited a bunch of our nation's futurists, hoping to learn something, and I came away wanting nothing more than to gather my rosebuds and live for the moment and carpe diem and just drink heavily.’
    • ‘Cass has made a career as an economic futurist, studying what changes in the economy, and, more importantly, what doesn't change.’
    • ‘Now, I know you'd be the first to distance yourself from the practice of astrology, but it seems that like astrology columns, no two futurists would necessarily agree on their predictions for the future.’
    • ‘He commissioned two master futurists to produce an analysis.’
    • ‘While many futurists predicted that we'd be enjoying the paperless office around this time, Americans are still at the epicenter of a paper blizzard.’
    • ‘You know, futurists tell us if we're alive in the year 2010, that our life expectancy's 125, OK?’
    • ‘And to get a slant on how to bring the big picture into focus, we turned to business futurists who have a knack for forecasting economic and technological trends.’
    • ‘What do tourists, nourishment, and futurists have in common?’
    • ‘Also noting the vulnerability of centralized systems, Dyson's son George, a maverick futurist, puts forward a radical revamping of the airline system.’
    • ‘Hundreds of futurists, supposedly right up there on the cutting edge of everything, laughed at a word that is so ancient it made its way to that hotbed of street slang, the House of Commons, three years ago.’
    • ‘There's any number of bad predictions that futurists, or would-be futurists have made over the decades.’
    • ‘Trendspotters, cool-hunters and professional futurists make a living identifying the hot new ideas that will eventually touch the rest of us.’
    • ‘This is bread-and-butter stuff, a million miles from futurists whispering sweet nothings to a computer, but it's fast, reliable and a sight more relevant to the way we work today.’
    • ‘He's not one of your crazy futurists - he won't dole out contraceptive medicine to anyone unmarried, say, and despite being an ob-gyn, he's a staunch pro-lifer.’
    • ‘Apart from a few speakers visiting college, the only futurists I've met have been on the same course as me, so I was interested to see what the rest of the field looked like.’
  • 3Theology
    A person who believes that eschatological prophecies are still to be fulfilled.


  • 1Relating to Futurism or the Futurists.

    ‘the Futurist painters’
    • ‘The extravagant rhetoric of the original Futurist manifesto in 1909 set the tone of a movement in which the method, like the message, was to be uncompromising.’
    • ‘The role of the fourth dimension in the creation of this revolutionary consciousness thus constitutes an example of how politics became aestheticized under the Futurist banner.’
    • ‘Dadaism, Surrealism, and Futurist performance activities seem to have shared a similar spirit of exploration, of breaking down boundaries, of looking to process instead of product.’
    • ‘The political corollary to rationalism was democracy in politics and academicism in art; both were undermined by the ‘antirationalism’ of the Futurist program.’
    • ‘Faced with technophobia, hyped techno-optimism, and Futurist discourses of progress that make us blind to the clumsy reality of computers, how do we think about and live with technology?’
    • ‘Today, almost a century later, the Futurist manifestos read like the rantings of poetic speed freaks.’
    • ‘Two series of paintings, Swifts in Flight and the Speeding Automobile, suggest the Futurist preoccupation with velocity, but here, movement is evoked through patterns of lines rather than broken contours.’
    • ‘Initially influenced by Cubist and Futurist conceptions of space and dynamics, he joined the avant-garde, exhibiting with the Berlin Sezession in 1914.’
    • ‘We will see how this translates into Futurist style in a moment, but first we must consider the role of human creativity in this theoretical matrix.’
    • ‘Of course, Makine's own literary language differs fundamentally from the Russian Futurist experimentation that inspired the Formalists; it is not radically innovative, but startlingly archaic.’
    • ‘One of the best collections of Futurist art outside Italy is the Eric and Salome Estorick Foundation, London, which opened to the public in 1998.’
    • ‘This effect can also be read as swooshing dynamism, resembling the way movement is depicted in Futurist paintings or recalling the ghost that sometimes follows a slow-moving computer-screen arrow.’
    • ‘The most effective of his pictures of destruction is the pastel and chalk Boesinghe Farm, which utilises the shapes of Futurist patterns in its dark portrayal of fallen timbers and shattered brick.’
    • ‘Framing the stairway are two Futurist paintings, a Cubist-influenced scene of lancers on horseback by Severini and, appropriately for Lingotto, an abstract paean to pure velocity by Balla.’
    • ‘Marinetti found new Futurist friends in the years between the wars and he was an early member of the Fascist Party which grew swiftly in Italy after 1919.’
    • ‘Even today Futurist writings are among the most extensive studies on the effects and values of speed in modern society.’
    • ‘Unlike the work of these Constructivists, however, Gummer's forms evoke motion, like the lines of three in Futurist paintings.’
    • ‘Many popular histories of sound art trace it back to early Italian Futurist performances by Filippo Marinetti and Luigi Russolo or the American John Cage.’
    • ‘However, seeing as a lot of it was influenced by Futurist art it tended to be bought up by the Fascists.’
    • ‘The most important Futurist artists were Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini and Giacomo Boccioni, together with American immigrant, Joseph Stella.’
  • 2Relating to a vision of the future.

    ‘the grim urban setting of the novel would have been a futurist nightmare’
    • ‘It's what you get for reading books of futurist hyperbole before you go to sleep.’
    • ‘This was the second time I've earnestly sat down to Yu Lik Wai's odder-than-odd futurist fantasy since it premiered at Cannes last year.’
    • ‘Ancient tradition doesn't sit next to futurist corporation.’
    • ‘This is the new, caring, cutting-edge Germany, a smart, angular bit of kit, all flat metal and futurist slots and holes.’
    • ‘More recently, weather and climate have become sources of equally fantastic futurist doomsday scenarios as well.’
    • ‘These kinds of applications - promised for more than a decade - have almost become clichés of futurist hype.’
    • ‘But all Laurens's play, which has already finished its brief run, proves is that classical myth and futurist nightmare make queasily strange bedfellows.’
    • ‘A Whitmanesque catalogue filled with futurist horrors, this powerful prose poem visualizes the aboveground as a world where technology and rationality have become tools of violence and destruction on a world scale.’
    • ‘Apparently, even futurist visionaries like turkey.’
    • ‘It conveys an inhuman and relentless force that could well symbolize a very unattractive futurist society as well as the horror of war.’
    • ‘In the futurist vision, pulses from e-bombs cause anything that contains computer chips to wheeze to a halt, winning without widespread devastation and allowing low-cost reconstruction - just replace the chips!’
    • ‘Our futurist zeitgeist may originate in capitalist economics, but its logic also creates a context for cultural signification.’
    • ‘Once, such ideas were the stuff of futurist ponderings published in popular science and mechanics magazines.’
    • ‘I have found that the best way to put together completely surreal, futurist combinations of clothes is to go shopping at a Salvation Army or other thrift store in your local gay district, where they will have the best clothes, natch.’
    • ‘And it's this futurist outlook which made the day and age of Walter Paepcke, and his contemporaries, so wonderful.’
    • ‘Occasionally couching their philosophies in cutting-edge futurist thought, they nevertheless managed to formulate groundbreaking theories on the nature of existence itself.’
    • ‘Possibly the most futurist gadget I have seen in months is the Ceiva Internet-Enabled Photo Frame.’
    • ‘It is disquieting to join the ranks of futurist thinkers, for many so-called experts have made forecasts that have turned out to be embarrassingly wrong.’