I am trying to think of the word that describes something that is new yet old, contemporary yet classic, progressive yet traditional or any other similar meanings.

The word is used to describe a synthesis of two opposing meanings. Eg. That dress is fashionable yet is also a classic.

I read the post that used the word shibui to describe something that is simple but also very complex.

In essence, I am looking for the word that describes something that is contemporary but also timeless.

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  • Oxymoronic? This refers to the combination of two (seemingly) opposing elements, e.g. Cold fire, Deafening silence, etc. – Huey Apr 25 '15 at 9:47
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    If this were still open I'd suggest retro which refers to the modern expression of an otherwise outdated fashion or concept. – Jim Mack Apr 25 '15 at 12:35
  • @Jim Mack You just did. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 25 '15 at 13:22
  • @Huey Sometimes, people try to be too clever and end up instead with a contradiction in terms: the attempted combination of two mutually exclusive elements. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 25 '15 at 13:27

Depending on context:




2 a : still in existence, force, or operation : effective at least to a degree : not dead, defunct, or extinct : existent, active

b : still in use : current to a degree : still exerting force or influence

c bowls : in play : not dead

d : still active in competition with a chance of victory

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

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