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verism

[veer-iz-uh m, ver-]
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noun
  1. the theory that rigid representation of truth and reality is essential to art and literature, and therefore the ugly and vulgar must be included.
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Origin of verism

1890–95; < Latin vēr(um) truth + -ism; cf. verismo
Related formsver·ist, noun, adjectiveve·ris·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for verism

verism

noun
  1. extreme naturalism in art or literature
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Derived Formsverist, noun, adjectiveveristic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Italian verismo, from vero true, from Latin vērus
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