a manner or technique of treating subject matter that presents, through volume of detail, a deterministic view of human life and actions.
a deterministic theory of writing in which it is held that a writer should adopt an objective view toward the material written about, be free of preconceived ideas as to form and content, and represent with clinical accuracy and frankness the details of life.: Compare realism (def. 4b).
the depiction of the physical environment, especially landscape or the rural environment.
action arising from or based on natural instincts and desires alone.
the view of the world that takes account only of natural elements and forces, excluding the supernatural or spiritual.
the belief that all phenomena are covered by laws of science and that all teleological explanations are therefore without value.
adherence or attachment to what is natural.
- an·ti·nat·u·ral·ism, noun
- non·nat·u·ral·ism, noun
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How to use naturalism in a sentence
Liberated from cinematic naturalism, the characters’ intimate, impassioned exchanges achieve the heart-rending immediacy of live theater.HBO's Scenes From a Marriage Remake Is Trying to Break Your Heart, All Over Again | Judy Berman | September 4, 2021 | Time
In the gardening world, designers turned to perennials and grasses in the 1980s, and this naturalism later evolved into a popular and sometimes simplistic insistence on native plant gardens.A native plant designer’s memoir reflects on a life in the field | Adrian Higgins | August 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Something about that tension is thrilling, applying naturalism to a winemaking style that isn’t remotely natural at all, and the results can be gobsmackingly good.
In the many portraits, Picasso oscillates between naturalism and abstraction in his portraits of Jacqueline.
naturalism tells us that mystics had temporal lobe epilepsy.
The practice reached its peak in the Victorian Era, when naturalism became all the rage for museums and even household decoration.
Could you tell us some books about naturalism that were particularly influential to you?
This is action on a grand scale that, despite its grittiness and naturalism, boasts very high production values.‘Captain Phillips’ Is a Gripping, Award-Worthy Film | Marlow Stern | September 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The excess of sentimentalism had given rise to the other extreme of naturalism.Mary Wollstonecraft | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
It is as if the workman had intended to leave us an image of the expiring naturalism of the Gothic school.The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3) | John Ruskin
Representations of animal forms are sometimes very remarkable in phases of naturalism.Needlework As Art | Marian Alford
The all-sufficiency of all forms of naturalism condemns itself through its failure to pass beyond itself.An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy | W. Tudor Jones
All systems of naturalism lack enough spiritual life within themselves to meet the deepest needs of the race.An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy | W. Tudor Jones
British Dictionary definitions for naturalism
a movement, esp in art and literature, advocating detailed realistic and factual description, esp that in 19th-century France in the writings of Zola, Flaubert, etc
the characteristics or effects of this movement
a school of painting or sculpture characterized by the faithful imitation of appearances for their own sake
the belief that all religious truth is based not on revelation but rather on the study of natural causes and processes
a scientific account of the world in terms of causes and natural forces that rejects all spiritual, supernatural, or teleological explanations
action or thought caused by natural desires and instincts
devotion to that which is natural
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Cultural definitions for naturalism (1 of 2)
A movement in literature and the arts, and an approach to philosophy. Literary and artistic naturalism aims at accuracy and objectivity and cultivates realistic and even sordid portrayals of people and their environment. Philosophical naturalism, which is often identified with materialism, holds that minds, spirits, and ideas are fundamentally material.
In the visual arts, an attempt to depict the natural world as accurately and objectively as possible.
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