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often derogatory
  • Conforming to or following what is currently popular and fashionable.

    ‘it seems sad that such a scholar should feel compelled to use this modish jargon’
    • ‘The resulting design was a restrained gown of creamy white silk tastefully ornamented with a soft crushed rose velvet; both women agreed that pure white, although currently quite modish, did not suit.’
    • ‘‘Arguably, the seventh most-renowned serious vocal ensemble in the world’, its five members turn up their snooty noses at anything remotely popular or modish.’
    • ‘It is, she says, an admission of defeat, buying into the currently modish idea that men and women are fundamentally different and so can never live together in any kind of equality.’
    • ‘There is another subject about which it is currently modish to express concern - political apathy among young people.’
    • ‘Which leaves the visitor free to form opinions free of the critical and cultural pressure that comes with looking at consecrated classic or modish modern art.’
    • ‘How tragic is this modish contempt for the past and obsession with the sensation of the present.’
    • ‘Other varieties enjoying modish popularity in the late 1990s were Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and some which have origins in the Rhône; Syrah and Viognier are foremost.’
    • ‘By then his celebrity was well established and he wore a dark suit of shiny mohair in a modish cut.’
    • ‘So easily can the line between modish chic and outright pretension be crossed when the decor is not chosen with the deftest of touch in bars such as this.’
    • ‘Stylishly dressed in black and sporting bold, contemporary jewellery, she exudes the modish vibrancy of a woman half her age.’
    • ‘Few academics slog through Scott anymore, but English departments still need Scott scholars; you can jump the line of more modish tenure seekers, if you volunteer to play the frump.’
    • ‘The area's five bike shops carry an array of full-suspension mountain bikes, body armor, and loose-fitting, modish clothing made for playing in the dirt.’
    • ‘Denizens of the world of art naturally see the whole thing rather differently, viewing a critical platform as a useful vehicle for the dissemination of, say, the latest modish orthodoxies.’
    • ‘But the chair is important to his father, Martin, the ex-policeman, who mentors with warmth and affection his two modish and conflicted sons.’
    • ‘What was once enigmatically mesmerising in this kind of modish Iranian movie is now redundant and exasperating.’
    • ‘Car dealers, meanwhile, will expect that the updated format will inspire a rush of sales to modish motorists.’
    • ‘The results for me are modish and enjoyable but never very exciting.’
    • ‘Modern Italian cuisine is the order of the day, the setting is similarly modish.’
    • ‘But this modish mob doesn't just follow the trends, they also wear them.’
    • ‘These studio moments whispered the transient chic of a leopard-print tie and fingerless gloves, capturing a modish instant.’
    fashionable, stylish, smart, chic, modern, contemporary, designer, all the rage, in vogue, trendsetting, voguish, up to the minute
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/ˈmōdiSH/ /ˈmoʊdɪʃ/ /ˈmädiSH/ /ˈmɑdɪʃ/