realism has definitions from the fields of fine art,philosophy
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[ noun ] (fine art) genre of art and literature that represents events and social conditions as they actually are (without idealization)

Synonyms

pragmatism

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Complete with crowd effects , interruptions by jet_planes , and sundry other touches of realism , this disc displays London 's new technique to the best effect .

Strange , but true - authenticity and realism often are n't related at_all .

And to an industry that prides itself on authenticity , he urged greater realism .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

The `` moving '' picture of the train or the wave coming at the audience is , to_be_sure , more intense than a still picture of the same subject , but the difference is really one of degree ; the cinematic element of time is merely used to increase the realism of an object which would still be reasonably realistic in a still photo .

Related terms

practicality genre

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[ noun ] the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth

Used in print

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

I recall the startling , vivid realism of a dream in which I lived through the horror of the bombing of a little Korean town .

For_instance , the dreamer sees himself seated behind neighbor Smith and , with photographic realism , sees Smith driving the car ; whereas , it is a matter of fact that Smith cannot drive a car .

Related terms

practicality

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[ noun ] the state of being actual or real

Synonyms

reality realness

Examples

: "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

Used in print

(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)

To carry_out this exalted conception the author has combined the vivid realism and imaginative power we have noticed in his early poetry and carried them out on a grand scale .

(Harry Olesker, Impact....)

The enormity of what Conrad had told him made it impossible for Gilborn to accept , with any degree of realism , the actuality of it .

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[ noun ] (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical object continue to exist when not perceived

Synonyms

naive_realism

Used in print

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

In method as_well_as in theme this little anecdote with its details selected as much for expressiveness and allegory as for `` realism '' , anticipates a kind of musical_composition , as_well as a kind of fictional composition , in which , as Leverku^hn says , `` there shall be nothing unthematic '' .

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[ noun ] (fine art) an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description

Synonyms

naturalism

Related terms

artistic_movement

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[ noun ] (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names

Synonyms

Platonism

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