realism: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (rē'u-liz"um), [key]
- interest in or concern for the actual or real, as distinguished from the abstract, speculative, etc.
- the tendency to view or represent things as they really are.
- treatment of forms, colors, space, etc., in such a manner as to emphasize their correspondence to actuality or to ordinary visual experience. Cf.idealism(def. 4),naturalism(def. 2).
- (usually cap.) a style of painting and sculpture developed about the mid-19th century in which figures and scenes are depicted as they are experienced or might be experienced in everyday life.
- a manner of treating subject matter that presents a careful description of everyday life, usually of the lower and middle classes.
- a theory of writing in which the ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is. Cf.naturalism(def. 1b).
- the doctrine that universals have a real objective existence. Cf.conceptualism, nominalism.
- the doctrine that objects of sense perception have an existence independent of the act of perception. Cf.idealism(def. 5a).
- realism (Thesaurus)