verismo

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

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. verify,
  2. verily,
  3. verisimilar,
  4. verisimilitude,
  5. verism,
  6. veritable,
  7. veritas,
  8. verity,
  9. verjuice,
  10. verkhne-udinsk

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

/ (vɛˈrɪzməʊ, Italian veˈrismo) /

noun

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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