mo·der·ni·ty (mŏ-dûrnĭ-tē, mō-)
n. pl. mo·der·ni·ties
The state or quality of being modern: "Warriors of the ... tribe, imposing symbols of a nomadic culture ... are caught between tradition and modernity" (Sheila Rule).
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