Definition of postmodern in English:



  • 1Subsequent to or coming later than that which is modern.

    ‘postmodern America’
    • ‘When we return to the struggle for power, it is a very modern thing, not postmodern.’
    • ‘What modern, let alone postmodern, parent would answer a child's question with ‘curiosity killed the cat’?’
    • ‘But if we subtract the postmodern from the modern in the United States, a large chunk of the latter remains.’
    • ‘We are living through the juncture of eras, modern to postmodern, which unsettles our certainties and at the same time heightens our longing for certainty.’
    • ‘The appeal of such stories may be explained by the need (conscious or not) of modern or postmodern viewers to be reconnected to the roots of drama or of life itself.’
    • ‘A relational theism must replace the ever-present individualism that haunts modern and postmodern North American culture.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, both society and church are changing in response to the postmodern critique of modern life.’
    • ‘Much metaphysical language of the Middle Ages is incomprehensible to modern or postmodern minds.’
    • ‘It has been claimed that one of the traits of modern or postmodern experience is the dislodging of ideas, images and signs.’
    • ‘For some time the idea has been in the air that our situation now is not so much modern as postmodern.’
    • ‘At the outset of the 21st century, the world finds itself in a transitional phase between the modern nation-state system and postmodern forms of global governance.’
    • ‘Perhaps a genuine, unflinching intellectual engagement between faith and its modern and postmodern alternatives is possible.’
    • ‘We are both modern and postmodern and yet not defined by either.’
    • ‘New York has been a kind of earth mother of modern and postmodern dance, sending her children out into the world.’
    • ‘In the 1960s Slavenska opened a studio in New York that attracted many modern and postmodern dancers.’
    • ‘However, if modern, postmodern, and premodern forms of war overlap with each other, each mode has distinctive features.’
    • ‘In the modern / postmodern era, the perduring problem is relativism.’
    • ‘During times of transition (from the modern to a postmodern world), adjustments and readjustments are made in our emphasis of our theology.’
    • ‘If clerking was an integral part of the emerging modern industrial order as the author asserts, then clerks were, by definition, modern not postmodern.’
    • ‘The business writer writes that we do a dis-service when we talk of managing change or talk of transitioning from modern to postmodern.’
  • 2Relating to or characterized by postmodernism, especially in being self-referential.

    ‘postmodern deconstructionist theories’
    • ‘He launches a vicious attack in several parts of this book on postmodern literary criticism and feminist theory.’
    • ‘He responds to mass media images and topical subjects without the irony that characterizes much postmodern mainstream art.’
    • ‘Perhaps we have simply transvalued impersonality as elusiveness, irony and parodic cultural quotation, qualities especially attractive in the wake of postmodern theory.’
    • ‘The result has been a number of works of art in the distinctively postmodern genre of historiographical metafiction.’
    • ‘Similarly, the contemporary detective novels of interest to us here are postmodern without being postmodernist.’
    • ‘However, his insights demand a stronger rootedness in postmodern theories of identity and self-reflexive fiction.’
    • ‘More specifically, it is closer to the postmodern procedural model of deconstruction.’
    • ‘This is not, we hasten to say, because the film is deliberately cold and self-referential in a postmodern fashion.’
    • ‘All this postmodern self-referential ironic navel-gazing is getting a bit bizarre.’
    • ‘The postmodern and postmodernism can be linked.’
    • ‘Fiction writers were influenced by the postmodern fabulism and metafiction of North and South America.’
    • ‘I, in other words, explain how the holistic and ecological world view can meet postmodern feminist critical theory.’
    • ‘Reader-directed irony, that by now classical stylistic device of postmodern literature, pervades the ancient play.’
    • ‘This helps explain why art history leapfrogged over New Criticism to postmodern doubt.’
    • ‘Bess has little patience with postmodern, deconstructionist architects and thinkers.’
    • ‘Can it be said that a reconstituted version of ‘landscape’ represents a postmodern artistic genre?’
    • ‘Self-referential and postmodern, or just weird?’
    • ‘They build on and support changes that have been developing in critical theory during the postmodern era.’
    • ‘I listened recently to a cultural studies academic complain that postmodern theory is not taught to first-year creative writing students.’
    • ‘This voice has been facilitated recently by postmodern movement in literary theory and practice.’