Definitions for realismˈri əˌlɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•al•ismˈri əˌlɪz əm(n.)

  1. interest in or concern for the actual or real, as distinguished from the abstract, speculative, etc.

  2. the tendency to view or represent things as they really are.

  3. (usu. cap.) a style of painting and sculpture developed about the mid-19th century in which figures and scenes are depicted as they are or might be experienced in everyday life.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. a style or theory of literature in which familiar aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or plain manner.

    Category: Literature

  5. Philos. the doctrine that universals have a real objective existence. the doctrine that objects of sense perception have an existence independent of the act of perception.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Compare conceptualism (def. 1), 1 nominalism.; Compare idealism (def. 5). 5 1

Origin of realism:

1810–20; cf. F réalisme

Princeton's WordNet

  1. realism, pragmatism(noun)

    the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth

  2. reality, realness, realism(noun)

    the state of being actual or real

    "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

  3. realism, naive realism(noun)

    (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived

  4. naturalism, realism(noun)

    an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description

  5. Platonism, realism(noun)

    (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names


  1. realism(Noun)

    A concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary

  2. realism(Noun)

    An artistic representation of reality as it is

  3. realism(Noun)

    The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation

  4. realism(Noun)

    A doctrine that universals are realu2014they exist and are distinct from the particulars that instantiate them

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realism(noun)

    as opposed to nominalism, the doctrine that genera and species are real things or entities, existing independently of our conceptions. According to realism the Universal exists ante rem (Plato), or in re (Aristotle)

  2. Realism(noun)

    as opposed to idealism, the doctrine that in sense perception there is an immediate cognition of the external object, and our knowledge of it is not mediate and representative

  3. Realism(noun)

    fidelity to nature or to real life; representation without idealization, and making no appeal to the imagination; adherence to the actual fact

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Realism

    as opposed to Nominalism, is the belief that general terms denote real things and are not mere names or answerable to the mere conception of them, and as opposed to idealism, is in philosophy the belief that we have an immediate cognition of things external to us, and that they are as they seem. In art and literature it is the tendency to conceive and represent things as they are, however unsightly and immoral they may be, without any respect to the beautiful, the true, or the good. In Ruskin's teaching mere realism is not art; according to him art is concerned with the rendering and portrayal of ideals.

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