Definitions for verismˈvɪər ɪz əm, ˈvɛr-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ver•ismˈvɪər ɪz əm, ˈvɛr-(n.)
strict representation of truth and reality in art and literature, including the homely and vulgar.
Category: Fine Arts
Origin of verism:
1890–95; < L vēr(us) true + -ism ; cf. verismo
Presenting common, everyday subjects, specifically eschewing the heroic or legendary.
A movement in the late 19th century, related to realism