What does Realism mean?

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ˈri əˌlɪz əmre·al·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. realism, pragmatismnoun

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

  2. reality, realness, realismnoun

    the state of being actual or real

    "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

  3. realism, naive realismnoun

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

  4. naturalism, realismnoun

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

  5. Platonism, realismnoun

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


  1. Realismnoun

    the practise of assessing facts and the probabilities of the consequences of actions in an objective manner; avoidance of unrealistic or impractical beliefs or efforts. Contrasted to idealism, self-deception, overoptimism, overimaginativeness, or visionariness.


  1. realismnoun

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

  2. realismnoun

    An artistic representation of reality as it is

  3. realismnoun

    The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation

  4. realismnoun

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


  1. realism

    Realism is a philosophical, artistic, or literary approach that seeks to depict the world, people, or events as they truly are, without idealization or distortion. In philosophy, realism refers to the belief that reality exists independent of the human mind. It emphasizes the objective understanding of truth and existence. In art or literature, realism portrays characters, situations or settings in a way that mirrors real life, showing all its aspects including the mundane, the ugly and the ordinary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Realismnoun

    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. Realismnoun

    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. Realismnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. ralisme.]

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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Anagrams for Realism »

  1. mailers

  2. Raëlism

  3. mislear

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Realism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Realism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Realism in a Sentence

  1. George Brainard:

    The idea of the title was that it was more like the title of a song, there's a real sort of musical aspect to this scene, and (my friend and I) liked the idea of the title being something that was more like a blues song and that would have that sort of energy to go along with this gritty, real, ultra-realism kind of feel.

  2. Henk De Hoop:

    Retrenchments are very sensitive from the government perspective. You don't want to rock the boat by letting so many people lose their jobs before an important election, but behind the scenes, realism is expected to set in because you equally don't want to scare away investors.

  3. Tori Amos:

    Our generation has an incredible amount of realism, yet at the same time it loves to complain and not really change because if it does change then it won't have anything to complain about.

  4. Hob Broun:

    Realism...has no more to do with reality than anything else.

  5. Gerald Ford:

    We have come tardily to the tremendous task of cleaning up our environment. We should have moved with similar zeal at least a decade ago. But no purpose is served by post-mortems. With visionary zeal but the greatest realism, we must now address ourselves to the vast problems that confront us.

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