- treatment of forms, colors, space, etc., in such a manner as to emphasize their correspondence to actuality or to ordinary visual experience.Compare idealism(def 4), naturalism(def 2).
- (usually initial capital letter)a style of painting and sculpture developed about the mid-19th century in which figures and scenes are depicted as they are experienced or might be experienced in everyday life.
- a manner of treating subject matter that presents a careful description of everyday life, usually of the lower and middle classes.
- a theory of writing in which the ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is.Compare naturalism(def 1b).
Origin of realism
Examples from the Web for realism
Contemporary Examples of realism
There was also an off-putting conflict between whimsy and realism.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
December 5, 2014
Interpreted more broadly, the phrase loses meaning: what constitutes the necessary threshold of realism?The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
He somehow manages to balance faith, realism, optimism, the news of the day, and the fate of the human race.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
Yet American minimalism, isolationism, realism, mind-our-own-business-ism—whatever you want to call it—is cyclical.Rand Paul vs. the Real World
September 10, 2014
I loved his blend of Native American realism with just a touch of surrealism.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work
August 22, 2014
Historical Examples of realism
Of plot there is little, but as a terrible study in realism the book is a masterpiece.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
The end of realism, my dear Wyndham, is the thing of all others I most desire to see.Audrey Craven
At some of the meetings there was perhaps an excess of realism.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
To my thinking, at any rate, they make a gravid mistake who look for "realism" in these things.
Realism of the most ghastly truthfulness, as to a corpse in the grave, it certainly is.
1794, from real (adj.) + -ism; after French réalisme or German Realismus; from Late Latin realis "real." Opposed to idealism in philosophy, art, etc. In reference to scholastic doctrine of Thomas Aquinas (opposed to nominalism) it is recorded from 1826. Meaning "close resemblance to the scene" (in art, literature, etc., often with reference to unpleasant details) is attested from 1856.
An approach to philosophy that regards external objects as the most fundamentally real things, with perceptions or ideas as secondary. Realism is thus opposed to idealism. Materialism and naturalism are forms of realism. The term realism is also used to describe a movement in literature that attempts to portray life as it is.