Definition of realism
1 : concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary
2a : a doctrine that universals exist outside the mind; specifically : the conception that an abstract term names an independent and unitary realityb : a theory that objects of sense perception or cognition exist independently of the mind — compare nominalism
3 : the theory or practice of fidelity in art and literature to nature or to real life and to accurate representation without idealization
realistplay \-list\ adjective or noun
realisticplay \ˌrē-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective
realisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of realism in a sentence
He has a sense of realism about what can be done to improve the economy.
The realism of her dream was alarming.
the stark realism of the play
First Known Use of realism
REALISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of realism for English Language Learners
: the quality of a person who understands what is real and possible in a particular situation and is able to deal with problems in an effective and practical way
: the quality of being very much like real life : the quality of seeming to be real
: a style of art or literature that shows or describes people and things as they are in real life
REALISM Defined for Kids
Definition of realism for Students
: willingness to face facts or to give in to what is necessary
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