hy·​per·​re·​al·​ism ˌhī-pər-ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce hyperrealism (audio)
: realism in art characterized by depiction of real life in an unusual or striking manner compare photorealism
hyperrealist adjective
hyperrealistic adjective

Examples of hyperrealism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lately, though, new technology has made hyperrealism easier for humans to achieve, while simultaneously complicating the practice. Joshua Glass, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 His style, raising ordinary dramatic realism to a sort of exuberant hyperrealism, makes the absurd plausible. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2023 What do hyperrealism brows look like? Jessica Harris, refinery29.com, 6 Jan. 2021 Although many hyperrealism artists prefer oil, acrylic paint is Green's favorite medium for its fast-drying capabilities. Kayla Smith, CNN, 15 Dec. 2022 Theatrically elaborate and nuanced, the film attains a level of hushed and whispery detail that suggests dramatic hyperrealism, as if it were made with cameras of resolution higher than the eye can perceive. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2022 Judkins’s argument is that Wheel of Time needs hyperrealism as the foundation for the show’s fantasy world, an entire village built solely so it can be burned down by a magical monster. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 4 Dec. 2021 While previous Pixar movies like Soul, Toy Story 4, and Brave have drawn in viewers with hyperrealism in animation, Luca draws on the fantastical world of Italy in a more traditional animation sense. Megan Dubois, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 What happens during a hyperrealism brows appointment? Jessica Harris, refinery29.com, 6 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperrealism was in 1937

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“Hyperrealism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperrealism. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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