Definition of modernity in US English:



  • 1The quality or condition of being modern.

    ‘an aura of technological modernity’
    • ‘We acknowledge the glamour and modernity of eating and drinking in American cities by slavishly imitating them in ours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The great changes of modernity mean that none of us can be religious in the same way as our ancestors.’
    • ‘Dynamic and cosmopolitan, Barcelona is an icon of modernity and design.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Islam is, in some ways, I think, at war with itself in terms of its root and its 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.’
    • ‘Both setting and hero visualize and glamorize a modernity of sophistication, leisure, social mobility, and consumption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘It is this that makes it the only religion indigestible to modernity.’
      • ‘For centuries, secular intellectuals have forecast the death of religion at the hands of modernity.’
      • ‘It represents, to this extent, a moral demand and a moral achievement of modernity.’
      • ‘Fundamentalism is a revolt against modernity and one of the characteristics of modernity has been the emancipation of women.’
      • ‘Though the founders differed on many things, they shared these values of what was then modernity.’
      • ‘There is no contradiction between faith and modernity and the two can, and indeed must, be reconciled.’
      • ‘Predictably, Kipling railed against most aspects of modernity, such as jazz and psychoanalysis.’
      • ‘The monks clearly embrace modernity with enthusiasm.’
      • ‘Ultimately, then, Song of Ceylon imparts the message that nature and native traditions can coexist harmoniously with modernity.’
      • ‘This is difficult to accept in Europe because our intellectuals were always convinced that modernity brings with itself the extinction of religious faith.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even so, the two poles reject the analytical spirit of modernity, to which they oppose a synthetic approach.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fundamentalists, be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim, begin by fighting their own co-religionists, who they believe are making too many concessions to 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Building on insights drawn from Vatican II, it encourages an understanding of a possible Catholic modernity grounded not in itself but in the transcendent.’
      • ‘Some concession to modernity is apparent in both the kitchen and the adjoining conservatory cum breakfast room.’