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1. Of or relating to art, architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier modernist principles, as by reintroducing traditional or classical elements of style or by carrying modernist styles or practices to extremes: "It [a roadhouse]is so architecturally interesting ... with its postmodern wooden booths and sculptural clock" (Ruth Reichl).
2. Of or relating to an intellectual stance often marked by eclecticism and irony and tending to reject the universal validity of such principles as hierarchy, binary opposition, categorization, and stable identity.

post·mod′ern·ism n.
post·mod′ern·ist adj. & n.
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Noun1.postmodernism - genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique


[ˈpəʊstˈmɒdənɪzəm] Nposmodernismo m
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