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realist

noun re·al·ist \ ˈrē-ə-list \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of realist

plural realists
1 : a person who recognizes what is real or possible in a particular situation : one who accepts and deals with things as they really are
  • a political realist
  • She considers herself a realist when it comes to parenting.
2 : a person (such as a writer or painter) who adheres to a style of realism by representing things in a way faithful to nature or to real life
  • Chekhov was essentially more of a realist than Dostoevski, whose force often lay in a strong proclivity to melodrama …
  • —Roger Shattuck

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First Known Use of realist

1547

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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realist

adjective

Definition of realist

: in the style of realism : faithful in representation to nature or to real life
  • realist paintings
  • Though a number of Dahl's most engaging stories, particularly in his early career, are cast in a realist mode, his reputation is that of a writer of macabre, blackly jocose tales …
  • —Joyce Carol Oates

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1853

in the meaning defined above

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