modern (comparative moderner, superlative modernest)
- Pertaining to a current or recent time and style; not ancient.
- Our online interactive game is a modern approach to teaching about gum disease. Although it was built in the 1600s, the building still has a very modern look.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
- But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […].
- 2018, Timothy Snyder, "How Did the Nazis Gain Power in Germany?", The New York Times, June 14, 2018
- In fact, he had created the conditions for the great horror of modern times.
- (history) Pertaining to the modern period (c.1800 to contemporary times), particularly in academic historiography.
- (pertaining to current or recent time) ancient, dated, former, historical, old, old-fashioned
- (pertaining to the modern period) premodern
- French: moderne
- German: modern
- Italian: moderno
- Portuguese: moderno
- Russian: совреме́нный
- Spanish: moderno
- Russian: совреме́нный
modern (plural moderns)
- Someone who lives in modern times.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (
please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
- The only supernatural agents which can in any manner be allowed to us moderns, are ghosts; but of these I would advise an author to be extremely sparing.
- 1779, Edward Capell, John Collins, Notes and various readings to Shakespeare
- What the moderns could mean by their suppression of the final couplet's repeatings, cannot be conceiv'd […]
- 1930, G. K. Chesterton, The Resurrection of Rome
- They at least had the immense and mighty imagination of which I speak; they could unthink the past. They could uncreate the Fall. With a reverence which moderns might think impudence, they could uncreate the Creation.
- 1956, John Albert Wilson, The Culture of Ancient Egypt (page 144)
- Even though we moderns can never crawl inside the skin of the ancient and think and feel as he did […] we must as historians make the attempt.