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 photorealism

Other Words from hyperrealism

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

Examples of hyperrealism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 There’s a kind of a hyperrealism there and a kind of surrealism there. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2019 Here’s another parade of dignitaries, long conversations on terrible couches, banal governmental hyperrealism crafted by someone who hates politics too much to understand it. Darren Franich, EW.com, 20 Nov. 2019 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, 18 July 2019 But experts say that such gaming hyperrealism is unlikely to make much of a difference. Bloomberg.com, 7 Mar. 2018 The disparity of size and the hyperrealism is astounding, and that is their first lure. Gaile Robinson, star-telegram, 16 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of hyperrealism

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Hyperrealism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperrealism. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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