[veer-iz-uh m, ver-]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for veristic

  • But the Veristic period did not last long, and Giacosa took leave of it without a tear.

    Idling in Italy|Joseph Collins

British Dictionary definitions for veristic



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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