anti-realism

noun
an·​ti-re·​al·​ism | \ ˌan-tē-ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm, ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-realism (audio) \
variants: or antirealism

Definition of anti-realism

: 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

Other Words from anti-realism

anti-realist or antirealist \ ˌan-​tē-​ˈrē-​ə-​list , ˌan-​tī-​ How to pronounce anti-realism (audio) \ adjective
anti-realist art
anti-realist or antirealist noun
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

First Known Use of anti-realism

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Anti-realism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-realism. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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