Definition of modernism :
1. Certain methods and tendencies which, in Biblical questions, apologetics, and the theory of dogma, in the endeavor to reconcile the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church with the conclusions of modern science, replace the authority of the church by purely subjective criteria; -- so called officially by Pope Pius X.
2. Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of expression.
- There is no twopenny modernism in it, as in The Philanderer. - "George Bernard Shaw", Gilbert K. Chesterton.
- Every one possessing any feeling for modernism must highly prize what American art and American literature have done and are doing for the directness, vividness, and intensity of presentation to our eyes or our imagination either of outward objects or the silent workings of character and inner sensations. - "Countess Erika's Apprenticeship", Ossip Schubin.
- In this poem, alike by the classic beauty of his language and the modernism of his feeling, Ausonius marks one of the great divisions in the history of poetry. - "Latin Literature", J. W. Mackail.