Definition of modernity in US English:



  • 1The quality or condition of being modern.

    ‘an aura of technological modernity’
    • ‘Hence large commercial buildings and the majority of urban public buildings show an amalgam of invented tradition and modernity, combining stone with iron and large surfaces of glass.’
    • ‘Islam is, in some ways, I think, at war with itself in terms of its root and its modernity.’
    • ‘Dynamic and cosmopolitan, Barcelona is an icon of modernity and design.’
    • ‘The great changes of modernity mean that none of us can be religious in the same way as our ancestors.’
    • ‘Both setting and hero visualize and glamorize a modernity of sophistication, leisure, social mobility, and consumption.’
    • ‘In the foreign-language countries, English has great importance as an Asian and international lingua franca, in tourism, a reading language for technical subjects, and a token of modernity.’
    • ‘In Scotland, however, the old code remained legal and came to be viewed simultaneously as a relic of outmoded ways of life and as a sign of modernity.’
    • ‘Here he fuses a romantic, even primitive, vision with a powerful sense of modernity.’
    • ‘Like the lost tribesmen of New Guinea, the inhabitants of Tibet were, it was here predicted, soon to enter into modernity.’
    • ‘I am dumbly entranced by what appears to be an increasing fusion of images of Indian tradition and global modernity, in the flow of advertising, music clips and movie sequences.’
    • ‘In more urban areas, a mixture of tradition and modernity is reflected in the architecture.’
    • ‘A deft combination of old and new materials as well as natural and artificial lighting juxtaposes chic modernity with a setting that embodies the spirit of the collection.’
    • ‘We acknowledge the glamour and modernity of eating and drinking in American cities by slavishly imitating them in ours.’
    contemporaneity, contemporaneousness, modernness, modernism, currency, freshness, novelty, fashionableness, vogue
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    1. 1.1 A modern way of thinking, working, etc.; contemporariness.
      ‘Hobbes was the genius of modernity’
      • ‘This is not to argue that everything about modernity is rational or desirable.’
      • ‘From theological fights to integration, from gender issues to struggles with modernity, nearly every important matter in the history of the denomination was typified in Alabama.’
      • ‘It represents, to this extent, a moral demand and a moral achievement of modernity.’
      • ‘In the Philosophy of Right Hegel explores the forms of right which constitute political modernity while in Capital Marx explores the forms of value which constitute economic modernity.’
      • ‘Even so, the two poles reject the analytical spirit of modernity, to which they oppose a synthetic approach.’
      • ‘Some concession to modernity is apparent in both the kitchen and the adjoining conservatory cum breakfast room.’
      • ‘Building on insights drawn from Vatican II, it encourages an understanding of a possible Catholic modernity grounded not in itself but in the transcendent.’
      • ‘This distinction between genuine versus spurious traditions, which maps directly onto the broader dichotomy between tradition and modernity, has dangerous implications for indigenous and Creole struggles.’
      • ‘For centuries, secular intellectuals have forecast the death of religion at the hands of modernity.’
      • ‘Even among those not ideologically inclined towards communism there were some who were so disenchanted with the past that they regarded the communists as representing modernity and a better future.’
      • ‘It is this that makes it the only religion indigestible to modernity.’
      • ‘There is no contradiction between faith and modernity and the two can, and indeed must, be reconciled.’
      • ‘Fundamentalists, be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim, begin by fighting their own co-religionists, who they believe are making too many concessions to modernity.’
      • ‘Fundamentalism is a revolt against modernity and one of the characteristics of modernity has been the emancipation of women.’
      • ‘Ultimately, then, Song of Ceylon imparts the message that nature and native traditions can coexist harmoniously with modernity.’
      • ‘Though the founders differed on many things, they shared these values of what was then modernity.’
      • ‘This is difficult to accept in Europe because our intellectuals were always convinced that modernity brings with itself the extinction of religious faith.’
      • ‘Public transportation no longer has to be identified with the constraints of work, but rather must be assimilated within the urban fabric, a major task for modernity.’
      • ‘Predictably, Kipling railed against most aspects of modernity, such as jazz and psychoanalysis.’
      • ‘The monks clearly embrace modernity with enthusiasm.’