- 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.
- 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.
- the doctrine that all religious truth is derived from a study of natural processes and not from revelation.
- the doctrine that natural religion is sufficient for salvation.
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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.You Should Be Drinking Grower Champagne|Jordan Michelman|February 11, 2021|Eater
In the many portraits, Picasso oscillates between naturalism and abstraction in his portraits of Jacqueline.Revealing The Unseen Picasso|Justin Jones|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Naturalism tells us that mystics had temporal lobe epilepsy.Eben Alexander Has a GPS for Heaven|Patricia Pearson|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|William O’Connor|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Could you tell us some books about naturalism that were particularly influential to you?How I Write: Jane Goodall|Noah Charney|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|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.
All systems of Naturalism lack enough spiritual life within themselves to meet the deepest needs of the race.
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 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
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.
Cultural definitions for naturalism (2 of 2)
In the visual arts, an attempt to depict the natural world as accurately and objectively as possible.