ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-realism (audio)
variants or antirealism
: opposition to or deliberate eschewal of realism especially in art and literature
There are as many different varieties of antirealism as there are of realism—perhaps more.Michael Boyd
anti-realist adjective
or antirealist
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-realism (audio)
anti-realist art
anti-realist noun
or antirealist
Nineteenth-century antirealists invented various kinds of fantasy in order to free imagination from rational skepticism and diminish the reality principle's hold on narrative. Robert Higbie

Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-realism was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Anti-realism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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