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
Recent Examples of realism from the Web
With a cast of unforgettable characters, Hoffman's trademark magical realism satisfies once again. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Spotlights are dull and bright, colored and white, while props and stage sets fall from the rafters – a farcical nod to magical realism?
In the book, Hiro argues that realism isn’t important, while the lone woman in the group, Juanita, advocates for more recognizable human faces.
From start to finish, June’s releases are a compelling mix of historical and contemporary, gritty realism and out-of-this-world-magic.
Boundless uses a constantly varying visual treatment that keeps readers on their toes and mixes and matches artistic styles with a proliferating set of genres, from speculative fiction to domestic drama to magical realism.
The same attention to the details of realism applies to the audio — visitors hear the sounds of frogs, insects and other creatures, and at night, the cries of nocturnal animals.
That sense of realism is juxtaposed with a wild cinematic style from cinematographer Mike Eley, all off-center framing, low canted angles, dramatic tracking shots, and claustrophobic handheld camera for some of the more intense monologues.
That sense of realism is juxtaposed with a wild cinematic style from cinematographer Mike Eley, and claustrophobic handheld camera for some of the more intense monologues.
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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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