: artistic use of contemporary everyday material in preference to the heroic or legendary especially in grand opera
ˈvir-ist How to pronounce verism (audio)
noun or adjective
veristic adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of verism was in 1892

Dictionary Entries Near verism

Cite this Entry

“Verism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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