verism

noun
ve·​rism | \ ˈvir-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce verism (audio) , ˈver- How to pronounce verism (audio) \

Definition of verism

: artistic use of contemporary everyday material in preference to the heroic or legendary especially in grand opera

Other Words from verism

verist \ ˈvir-​-​ist How to pronounce verist (audio) , ˈver-​ \ noun or adjective
veristic \ vir-​ˈis-​tik How to pronounce veristic (audio) , ver-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of verism

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for verism

borrowed from Italian verismo, from vero "true" (going back to Latin vērus) + -ismo -ism — more at very entry 2

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“Verism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verism. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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