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verismo

[vuh-riz-moh; Italian ve-reez-maw]
noun
  1. the use of everyday life and actions in artistic works: introduced into opera in the early 1900s in reaction to contemporary conventions, which were seen as artificial and untruthful.
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Origin of verismo

1905–10; < Italian: realism, equivalent to ver(o) true (< Latin vērus) + -ismo -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for verismo

verismo

noun
  1. music a school of composition that originated in Italian opera towards the end of the 19th century, drawing its themes from real life and emphasizing naturalistic elements. Its chief exponent was Puccini
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian; see verism
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