hy·​per·​re·​al·​ism | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce hyperrealism (audio) , -ˈrēl-ˌi-\

Definition of hyperrealism

: realism in art characterized by depiction of real life in an unusual or striking manner — compare photo-realism

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Other Words from hyperrealism

hyperrealist \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈrē-​ə-​list How to pronounce hyperrealist (audio) , -​ˈrēl-​ist \ adjective
hyperrealistic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌrē-​ə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce hyperrealistic (audio) , -​ˌrēl-​ˈi-​ \ adjective

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The wordless action is an exercise in hyperrealism, drawing attention to the slow passing of time and to the banal ways that mental illness manifests itself. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Dallas theater festival deals with mental illness and other issues facing us in these anxious times," 18 July 2019 But experts say that such gaming hyperrealism is unlikely to make much of a difference. Bloomberg.com, "Trump Reopens a Seemingly Settled Video-Game Debate," 7 Mar. 2018 The disparity of size and the hyperrealism is astounding, and that is their first lure. Gaile Robinson, star-telegram, "Mueck's eerily lifelike sculptures return to Modern, contrast with works at Amon Carter," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hyperrealism

1937, in the meaning defined above

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