Definition of postmodern in English:

postmodern

adjective

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

    ‘the illusionary nature of postmodern life’
    • ‘It has been claimed that one of the traits of modern or postmodern experience is the dislodging of ideas, images and signs.’
    • ‘Perhaps a genuine, unflinching intellectual engagement between faith and its modern and postmodern alternatives is possible.’
    • ‘The business writer writes that we do a dis-service when we talk of managing change or talk of transitioning from modern to postmodern.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much metaphysical language of the Middle Ages is incomprehensible to modern or postmodern minds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the modern / postmodern era, the perduring problem is relativism.’
    • ‘In the 1960s Slavenska opened a studio in New York that attracted many modern and postmodern dancers.’
    • ‘When we return to the struggle for power, it is a very modern thing, not postmodern.’
    • ‘New York has been a kind of earth mother of modern and postmodern dance, sending her children out into the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are both modern and postmodern and yet not defined by either.’
    • ‘However, if modern, postmodern, and premodern forms of war overlap with each other, each mode has distinctive features.’
    • ‘During times of transition (from the modern to a postmodern world), adjustments and readjustments are made in our emphasis of our theology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, both society and church are changing in response to the postmodern critique of modern life.’
    • ‘If clerking was an integral part of the emerging modern industrial order as the author asserts, then clerks were, by definition, modern not postmodern.’
    • ‘A relational theism must replace the ever-present individualism that haunts modern and postmodern North American culture.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or characterized by postmodernism, especially in being self-referential.
      ‘the postmodern discipline of art history’
      • ‘This voice has been facilitated recently by postmodern movement in literary theory and practice.’
      • ‘Fiction writers were influenced by the postmodern fabulism and metafiction of North and South America.’
      • ‘Self-referential and postmodern, or just weird?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Can it be said that a reconstituted version of ‘landscape’ represents a postmodern artistic genre?’
      • ‘The postmodern and postmodernism can be linked.’
      • ‘However, his insights demand a stronger rootedness in postmodern theories of identity and self-reflexive fiction.’
      • ‘He responds to mass media images and topical subjects without the irony that characterizes much postmodern mainstream art.’
      • ‘All this postmodern self-referential ironic navel-gazing is getting a bit bizarre.’
      • ‘Similarly, the contemporary detective novels of interest to us here are postmodern without being postmodernist.’
      • ‘I listened recently to a cultural studies academic complain that postmodern theory is not taught to first-year creative writing students.’
      • ‘He launches a vicious attack in several parts of this book on postmodern literary criticism and feminist theory.’
      • ‘Bess has little patience with postmodern, deconstructionist architects and thinkers.’
      • ‘I, in other words, explain how the holistic and ecological world view can meet postmodern feminist critical theory.’
      • ‘This is not, we hasten to say, because the film is deliberately cold and self-referential in a postmodern fashion.’
      • ‘More specifically, it is closer to the postmodern procedural model of deconstruction.’
      • ‘They build on and support changes that have been developing in critical theory during the postmodern era.’
      • ‘This helps explain why art history leapfrogged over New Criticism to postmodern doubt.’
      • ‘Reader-directed irony, that by now classical stylistic device of postmodern literature, pervades the ancient play.’

Pronunciation:

postmodern

/ˌpōs(t)ˈmädərn/