from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being modern: "Warriors of the . . . tribe, imposing symbols of a nomadic culture . . . are caught between tradition and modernity” ( Sheila Rule).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the quality of being modern or contemporary.
  • n. modern times.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Modernness; something modern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being modern; modernism in time of spirit.
  • n. Something that is modern.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being current or of the present


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  • In my view, his observation that Buddhism is a religion for late human beings is actually a warning against the onset of nihilism in modernity, which Buddhism typifies.

    Nietzsche the Pantheist? | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • The paper book, the tool that built modernity, is to be phased out in favor of fractured, unfixed information.

    2009 January 29 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • Few white people see Namatjira Camp, a grim nest of iron sheds and outdoor mattresses whose only obvious sign of modernity is a single electric light and a government sign listing everything the inhabitants can't do.

    Australia's dark heart

  • Though first published 50 years ago, this examination of Islam's efforts to reject or adjust to modernity is more insightful than most recent commentary.

    A World Without Reaganomics

  • In some ways, liberalism is the sort of automatic by-product of all the forces we call modernity -- industrialization, urbanization, cosmopolitanism.

    Julian Brookes: Alan Wolfe on Terrorism and Globalization

  • While acknowledging the "oligopolistic ownership of the mass media," Ginsborg argues that too much emphasis on this underestimates drastically the degree to which other forces were at work in Italian modernity, forces which ran counter to any idea of a facile manipulation of the individual.

    Italy: The Family Business

  • By misrepresenting, thus, political possibilities within Asian modernity as a choice between Eastern and Western cultural identities, the state can contain the threats to its power that its own success has generated.

    'The Singapore Way'

  • In the most apocalyptic of the bunch, such as Jacques ', the authors focus on how Asia's powers, from China to Malaysia to Singapore, are taking the final step from rising power to global hegemon - using state-directed economic policies to dominate industry after industry, while delivering what Mahbubani calls "modernity" - good governance, growth, and the rule of law, without the messiness of Western liberal democracy. -

  • In other words, what the Autopsies project actually tries to do is to reflect on the life course and ultimate fate of the material things we associate with 'modernity' - and dressing this up in the metaphor of 'death'.

    Museum Blogs

  • The Haskalah was an experimental, internal protest movement that tried to effect a comprehensive transformation of Jewish life by convincing the Jews of the idea of modernity and the need to respond to its challenges through education and the written word: essays, stories, novels and poetry.

    Haskalah Attitudes Toward Women.


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