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



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(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 .

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practicality genre

[ 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 .

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[ noun ] the state of being actual or real


reality realness


: "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 .

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



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 '' .

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



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