- 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).
- a representation of natural appearances or natural patterns of speech, manner, etc., in a work of fiction.
- the depiction of the physical environment, especially landscape or the rural environment.
- (in a work of art) treatment of forms, colors, space, etc., as they appear or might appear in nature.Compare idealism(def 4), realism(def 3a).
- 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.
Origin of naturalism
Related Words for naturalismconstancy, faithfulness, loyalty, correspondence, fealty, exactitude, attachment, closeness, allegiance, adhesion, preciseness, precision, adherence, exactness, realism, accuracy, naturalism, verism
Examples from the Web for naturalism
Contemporary Examples of naturalism
Naturalism tells us that mystics had temporal lobe epilepsy.Eben Alexander Has a GPS for Heaven
October 8, 2014
The practice reached its peak in the Victorian Era, when naturalism became all the rage for museums and even household decoration.Dead and Beautiful: The Art of Taxidermy
April 16, 2014
Could you tell us some books about naturalism that were particularly influential to you?How I Write: Jane Goodall
April 9, 2014
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
September 28, 2013
Historical Examples of naturalism
What he means by Naturalism we shall proceed shortly to explain.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
The excess of sentimentalism had given rise to the other extreme of naturalism.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Maupassant was the man of his period, and his period was that of Naturalism.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)
Guy de Maupassant
But the prevailing philosophy of that day among the students was naturalism.The Inside of the Cup, Complete
Even in subject, as Brunn remarks, this naturalism is apparent.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
- 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
- the meta-ethical thesis that moral properties are reducible to natural ones, or that ethical judgments are derivable from nonethical onesCompare naturalistic fallacy, descriptivism
- action or thought caused by natural desires and instincts
- devotion to that which is natural
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.