Try Our Apps


Is irregardless a word?


[ree-uh-list] /ˈri ə lɪst/
a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.
an artist or a writer whose work is characterized by realism.
Philosophy. an adherent of realism.
of or relating to realism or to a person who embodies its principles or practices:
the realist approach to social ills; realist paintings.
Origin of realist
1595-1605; real1 + -ist; compare French réaliste
Related forms
antirealist, noun, adjective
hyperrealist, noun
nonrealist, noun
prorealist, adjective, noun
ultrarealist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for realist
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • More and more as a realist he devoted himself to the presentation of character at the expense of plot.

  • "They don't have much choice," Captain Feldman said, always the realist.

    Zen Jerome Bixby
  • Whether or not realistic fiction shrinks from the unpleasant depends also on the particular nature of the realist.

  • In the first place, it does not mean that Greek art is what we call ‘naturalist’ or ‘realist’.

  • What puzzled Philip was that this fabricator of "stories" for the newspaper should call himself a "realist."

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for realist


a person who is aware of and accepts the physical universe, events, etc, as they are; pragmatist
an artist or writer who seeks to represent the familiar or typical in real life rather than an idealized, formalized, or romantic interpretation
(philosophy) a person who accepts realism
(modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of realism or realists in the arts, philosophy, etc: a realist school
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for realist

c.1600, in philosophy, from real (adj.) + -ist, and cf. French réaliste. Also see realism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for realist

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for realist

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for realist