magic realism

or magical realism

  1. a style of painting and literature in which fantastic or imaginary and often unsettling images or events are depicted in a sharply detailed, realistic manner.

Origin of magic realism

First recorded in 1925–30

Other words from magic realism

  • magic realist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for magic realism

magic realism

  1. a style of painting or writing that depicts images or scenes of surreal fantasy in a representational or realistic way

Derived forms of magic realism

  • magic realist or magical realist, noun

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