[vuh-riz-moh; Italian ve-reez-maw]
- 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.
Origin of verismo
1905–10; < Italian: realism, equivalent to ver(o) true (< Latin vērus) + -ismo -ism
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- 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
C19: from Italian; see verism