[ vuh-riz-moh; Italian ve-reez-maw ]
/ vəˈrɪz moʊ; Italian vɛˈriz mɔ /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for verismo

/ (vɛˈrɪzməʊ, Italian veˈrismo) /


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

Word Origin for verismo

C19: from Italian; see verism
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