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Modernity/Modern Age
(1,105 words)

Determination of Concept and Contexts

1. As a neologism derived from the adjective ‘modern’ (Middle Latin, modernus, ‘new,’ from modo, ‘right now’), ‘modernity,’ became a broadly familiar catchword around 1900 for avant-garde revolutions in literature (applied to naturalism by Ernst Wolff in 1886, and broadened by Hermann Bahr in 1890 to in…

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Klöcker, Michael, “Modernity/Modern Age”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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