naturalism

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noun nat·u·ral·ism \ˈna-chə-rə-ˌli-zəm, ˈnach-rə-\

Definition of naturalism

  1. 1 :  action, inclination, or thought based only on natural desires and instincts

  2. 2 :  a theory denying that an event or object has a supernatural significance; specifically :  the doctrine that scientific laws are adequate to account for all phenomena

  3. 3 :  realism in art or literature; specifically :  a theory or practice in literature emphasizing scientific observation of life without idealization and often including elements of determinism

Examples of naturalism in a sentence

  1. <a major exponent of naturalism, Theodore Dreiser depicted life's harsh realities unflinchingly and without moral judgment>

Circa 1641

First Known Use of naturalism

circa 1641


NATURALISM Defined for English Language Learners

naturalism

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noun nat·u·ral·ism \ˈna-chə-rə-ˌli-zəm, ˈnach-rə-\

Definition of naturalism for English Language Learners

  • : a style of art or literature that shows people and things as they actually are



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