Realism - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈriːəlɪzəm|  American pronunciation of the word realism
Brit.  |ˈrɪəlɪz(ə)m|  British pronunciation of the word realism


- the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth (syn: pragmatism)
- the state of being actual or real (syn: reality, realness)
- (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived
- an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description (syn: naturalism)
- (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names (syn: platonism)


He has a sense of realism about what can be done to improve the economy.

The realism of her dream was alarming.

the stark realism of the play

The sound effects lend realism to the scene.

He has hope, but also a scientist's sense of realism.

the realism of the horses on the carousel

the tough realism of his early works

His paintings usually fall under the heading of realism.

Critics were impressed by the movie's earthy realism.

Even during Picasso's youthful figurative stages, stark realism was never his forte ...

Leonard takes Carver-style dirty realism and fuses it with the pace of a detective story.

Billingham's pictures have a gritty realism which can be almost upsetting.

He writes fiction that marries up realism and the supernatural.

He brought a note of realism into the debate.

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