Modern vs. Contemporary

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  • Modern (adjective)

    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.”

  • Modern (adjective)

    Pertaining to the modern period (c.1800 to contemporary times), particularly in academic historiography.

  • Modern (noun)

    Someone who lives in modern times.

  • Contemporary (adjective)

    From the same time period, coexistent in time.

  • Contemporary (adjective)

    Modern, of the present age.

  • Contemporary (noun)

    Someone or something living at the same time, or of roughly the same age as another.

    “Cervantes was a contemporary of Shakespeare.”

    “The early mammals inherited the earth by surviving their saurian contemporaries.”

  • Contemporary (noun)

    Something existing at the same time.

  • Contemporary (adjective)

    living or occurring at the same time

    “the event was recorded by a contemporary historian”

  • Contemporary (adjective)

    dating from the same time

    “this series of paintings is contemporary with other works in an early style”

  • Contemporary (adjective)

    belonging to or occurring in the present

    “the tension and complexities of our contemporary society”

  • Contemporary (adjective)

    following modern ideas in style or design

    “contemporary ceramics by leading potters”

  • Contemporary (noun)

    a person or thing living or existing at the same time as another

    “he was a contemporary of Darwin”

  • Contemporary (noun)

    a person of roughly the same age as another

    “my contemporaries at school”

Oxford Dictionary

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