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[veer-iz-uh m, ver-]
  1. the theory that rigid representation of truth and reality is essential to art and literature, and therefore the ugly and vulgar must be included.
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Origin of verism

1890–95; < Latin vēr(um) truth + -ism; cf. verismo
Related formsver·ist, noun, adjectiveve·ris·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples

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


    David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for verist


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

Word Origin

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