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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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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