Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
  2. (noun, state) the state of being actual or real
  3. (noun, cognition) (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived
  4. (noun, group) an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description
  5. (noun, cognition) (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names

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Alternate forms of Realism

Derivations: realist

Hyponyms: fact

Hypernyms: actuality, art movement, artistic movement, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, practicality

Origin of the word Realism

  1. 1817, from real (adj.), after Fr. r?alisme or Ger. Realismus, from L.L. realis "real." Opposed to idealism in philosophy, art, etc. In ref. to scholastic doctrine of Thomas Aquinas (opposed to nominalism) it is recorded from 1826. Meaning "close resemblance to the scene" (in art, literature, etc., often with ref. to unpleasant details) … more

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