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Definition of "expressionism" [expressionism]

  • A movement in the arts during the early part of the 20th century that emphasized subjective expression of the artist's inner experiences. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "expressionism" in a sentence
  • "A classic piece of abstract expressionism from the Polish state music publisher, who opted for these sorts of far-out covers quite a bit."
  • "But I feel that output from people like you should be more referred to as "expressionism" because it encompasses so many realms."
  • "Courtauld Gallery, WC2, to 18 SepSSAn 80th birthday celebration of Barrie Cooke's visceral expressionism, which is appropriately held in his adopted home country of Ireland."