Definition: Modernity

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From Latin modernitās or modern + -ity.


modernity (plural modernities)

  1. The quality of being modern or contemporary; being associated with current times rather than ancient times.
    He was impressed by the architecture's modernity.
  2. Modern times.
    The organization survived from ancient times to modernity.
  3. (history) Quality of being of the modern period of contemporary historiography.

Derived terms

  • high modernity
  • late modernity
  • postmodernity

Related terms

  • modern


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