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contemporary
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
contemporary design
Definition characteristic of or belonging to the present time
  • It's easier to find outstanding books when selecting from those that have been in print for a long time, but were it not for that I would prefer modern literature with its contemporary language, issues, and ideas.
contemporary = characteristic of or belonging to the present time
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We're visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • contemporary = characteristic of or belonging to the present time
  • I have begun to stop resisting the constant urge to deny that beauty has a valid right to exist in contemporary art.
    Ian Hornak
  • contemporary = characteristic of or belonging to the present time
  • At this writing, only England has held back before the temptations of contemporary diabolism.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • contemporary = belonging to the present time
  • Well, because Hawthorne's work is so extraordinary and applicable to contemporary society, I want each of you to write a report pertaining to the novel.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • contemporary = belonging to the present time
  • As Saeed was coming down from the hill to where Nadia again sat by their tent, a young woman was leaving the contemporary art gallery she worked at in Vienna.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • contemporary = belonging to the present time
  • Toward the end of June, Chris, still in Atlanta, mailed his parents a copy of his final grade report: A in Apartheid and South African Society and History of Anthropological Thought; A minus in Contemporary African Politics and the Food Crisis in Africa.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • contemporary = belonging to the present time
  • Contemporary legends such as the "underground pipe-line to Canada" attached themselves to him, and there was one persistent story that he didn't live in a house at all, but in a boat that looked like a house and was moved secretly up and down the Long Island shore.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • contemporary = belonging to the present time
  • When she had had enough electricity to charge her backup battery, she would lounge around and listen to her records in the light of a single bare bulb, the harsh sounds of the fighting muffled somewhat by her music, and she would then glance at her windows and think that they looked a bit like amorphous black works of contemporary art.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • contemporary = belonging to the present time
  • The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
    Jorge Luis Borges
contemporary = characteristic of or belonging to the present time

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2  —as in:
they are contemporaries
Definition living at the same time

or:

something occurring in the same period of time as something else
  • Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were contemporary artists who competed for some projects.
contemporary = lived at the same time
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart
  • contemporary = lived at the same time
  • Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
    William Faulkner
  • This, from a contemporary critic's commentary on Madame Butterfly: "Pinkerton suffers from .... being an obnoxious bounder whom every man in the audience itches to kick."
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • contemporary = something occurring in the same period of time as something else
  • Like her seventeenth-century contemporaries, Anna did not know what plague was or how it spread.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • As for the others in my story, in the early 1970s nearly all of my contemporaries were sent to the countryside for "reeducation."
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • It's an epic poem written by the great scholars about the great rulers who were their contemporaries.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • It's what makes us different from our contemporaries in other colleges.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The testimony of his contemporaries proclaims—and his life fully confirms—his metaphysical and mystical interests.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry

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