Definition of futurist in English:



  • 1An adherent of Futurism.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here are jumbled together manifestos from the Bauhaus, Surrealism, Dada, the Suprematists and the Futurists.’
    • ‘But there is no reason to assume a logical link between the two, as Brecht, the Futurists and the Surrealists recognised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to him, the Communists revolutionised social content while the Futurists merely revolutionised artistic form.’
    • ‘The Futurists, the Surrealists, the abstract expressionists, all sought their passionate rhapsodies, of mechanization, or libido, or spontaneity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A person who studies the future and makes predictions about it based on current trends.

    ‘the agency hired a futurist to pinpoint trends’
    • ‘Many futurists predict that people will soon be recording almost every waking moment in their lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm a lousy futurist, so I'm loathe to make any big predictions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What do tourists, nourishment, and futurists have in common?’
    • ‘Trendspotters, cool-hunters and professional futurists make a living identifying the hot new ideas that will eventually touch the rest of us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cass has made a career as an economic futurist, studying what changes in the economy, and, more importantly, what doesn't change.’
    • ‘And then the people responsible for running the existing business become threatened because everything the futurist is doing involves obsoleting what they do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's any number of bad predictions that futurists, or would-be futurists have made over the decades.’
    • ‘He commissioned two master futurists to produce an analysis.’
    • ‘Also noting the vulnerability of centralized systems, Dyson's son George, a maverick futurist, puts forward a radical revamping of the airline system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You know, futurists tell us if we're alive in the year 2010, that our life expectancy's 125, OK?’
    • ‘A futurist is someone who uses various tools and strategies to analyze trends about the future.’
  • 3Theology
    A person who believes that eschatological prophecies are still to be fulfilled.


  • 1Relating to Futurism or the Futurists.

    ‘the Futurist painters’
    • ‘Even today Futurist writings are among the most extensive studies on the effects and values of speed in modern society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most important Futurist artists were Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini and Giacomo Boccioni, together with American immigrant, Joseph Stella.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, seeing as a lot of it was influenced by Futurist art it tended to be bought up by the Fascists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike the work of these Constructivists, however, Gummer's forms evoke motion, like the lines of three in Futurist paintings.’
    • ‘Initially influenced by Cubist and Futurist conceptions of space and dynamics, he joined the avant-garde, exhibiting with the Berlin Sezession in 1914.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today, almost a century later, the Futurist manifestos read like the rantings of poetic speed freaks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Relating to a vision of the future.

    ‘the grim urban setting of the novel would have been a futurist nightmare’
    • ‘Possibly the most futurist gadget I have seen in months is the Ceiva Internet-Enabled Photo Frame.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘But all Laurens's play, which has already finished its brief run, proves is that classical myth and futurist nightmare make queasily strange bedfellows.’
    • ‘This is the new, caring, cutting-edge Germany, a smart, angular bit of kit, all flat metal and futurist slots and holes.’
    • ‘These kinds of applications - promised for more than a decade - have almost become clichés of futurist hype.’
    • ‘Our futurist zeitgeist may originate in capitalist economics, but its logic also creates a context for cultural signification.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once, such ideas were the stuff of futurist ponderings published in popular science and mechanics magazines.’
    • ‘It's what you get for reading books of futurist hyperbole before you go to sleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ancient tradition doesn't sit next to futurist corporation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And it's this futurist outlook which made the day and age of Walter Paepcke, and his contemporaries, so wonderful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More recently, weather and climate have become sources of equally fantastic futurist doomsday scenarios as well.’
    • ‘Occasionally couching their philosophies in cutting-edge futurist thought, they nevertheless managed to formulate groundbreaking theories on the nature of existence itself.’
    • ‘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.’