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Definition the quality of being of the present era (up-to-date — not old-fashioned)
  • Many consider America to symbolize modernity — good and bad.
  • The tribal elders and the teenagers differ in their view of the benefits of modernity.
  • There is more than one path to modernity.
  • The antenna of a powerful radio transmitter jutted up beyond the edge of the roof like a flagless pole, announcing Khan's affiliation with modernity.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Bulbuls and roses would still persist, the pathos of defeated Islam remained in his blood and could not be expelled by modernities.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Fashion and modernity and the rot at the Table's heart were in hiding, and his great idea was on the move once more.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • This is the greatest handicap of Muslim Middle Eastern societies today, the flaw that most bars them from modernity.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Her first impression, of a society torn between tradition and modernity, lingered and grew over the next two years.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • A Chagall—Clary's favorite, all soft roses and blues and greens, incongruous against the apartment's modernity.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The cold night smelled like dirt and plants and human modernity—Clary almost thought she could scent the iron on the air.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • But this house was the essence of modernity.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere "modernity" cannot kill.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • And all of a sudden he began to speak about Petrarch, whom he called the "Father of Modernity."
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But he couldn't resist a little modernity here and there; he sped around his lake in gleaming speedboats.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Some people are put off by the modern design, they distrust modernity, but then I tell them that it is this that whitens the teeth of the King of England.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The modernity and precision—and, above all, the "manufactured" look of the plates—really excited him, and he was sure it would excite everybody else as well.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment universal, and Dandyism, which, in its own way, is an attempt to assert the absolute modernity of beauty, had, of course, their fascination for him.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • A few cultures have retained this harmonious relationship with our people, though only in places where both modernity and the major religions have failed to gain a foothold, such as the black-magic island of Ambrym in the New Hebrides.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • It seemed more like bold modernity, which was how Fermina Daza must have understood it, for in her second letter to Florentino Ariza, she began by begging his pardon for any difficulties in reading her handwriting, since she did not have at her disposal any means more advanced than her steel pen.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Despite the fact that Esteban Trueba was no great lover of innovation, and had, in fact, a deep mistrust of the dislocations of modernity, he decided that his house should be constructed like the new palaces of North America and Europe, with all the comforts but retaining a classical style.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits

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