My friend dropped a few historic samurai names A, B and C. And then I mentioned D. He said that D came long after A, B and C. Is it proper to say D is a modern samurai compared to the three? Can I say that D was a more contemporary samurai at the time?
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Modern gives me a feeling that samurai D is "more advanced" like in terms of living, clothing, or fighting techniques which may be the case but I really just want to use a word that would describe samurai D as a samurai who lived at a time long after samurais A, B, and C.
Contemporary is also wrong, either being synonymous with the modern you don't want, or meaning that D lived at the same time as the others.
1 a : having lately come into existence : NEW, FRESH
1 b : of or relating to a time not long past
It could be used in the following way:
D was a more recent samurai than the others.