Definition of retardataire in English:

retardataire

adjective

  • (of a work of art or architecture) executed in an earlier or outdated style:

    ‘a mature painter, he is frozen somewhere in the mainstream of the past, his work a quixotic attempt to make a virtue of being retardataire’
    • ‘The design by Friedrich St. Florian is conventional, even retardataire, the sort of historicism that would have raised the ire of the living memorial movement during World War II.’
    • ‘So my perception of ‘contemporary’ work was retardataire, and this was not helped at all by my college art education, which emphasized Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting.’
    • ‘An unusual signed vestige of Walker's cabinetmaking, dated 1828, is the retardataire sideboard in Figure 10.’
    • ‘Conversely, it is entirely legitimate and valuable to compare Impressionist paintings with other types of paintings also created in the fine-art context, even though today we may tend to dismiss the latter as academic or retardataire.’
    • ‘Prior dismissals of Brooks as being stylistically retardataire no longer signify in an era that reveres artists such as Kurt Kauper, Elizabeth Peyton, Amy Adler and John Currin.’

Origin

French.

Pronunciation:

retardataire

/rɪˌtɑːdəˈtɛː/