verism

[ veer-iz-uh m, ver- ]
/ ˈvɪər ɪz əm, ˈvɛr- /
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noun

the theory that rigid representation of truth and reality is essential to art and literature, and therefore the ugly and vulgar must be included.

Nearby words

  1. verified,
  2. verify,
  3. verily,
  4. verisimilar,
  5. verisimilitude,
  6. verismo,
  7. veritable,
  8. veritas,
  9. verity,
  10. verjuice

Origin of verism

1890–95; < Latin vēr(um) truth + -ism; cf. verismo

Related formsver·ist, noun, adjectiveve·ris·tic, adjective

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Examples from the Web for verist

  • It is the creation of a verist, of a naturalist, founded on a clear and intimate perception of nature.

    Donatello|David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford


British Dictionary definitions for verist

verism

/ (ˈvɪərɪzəm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for verism

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

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