realism

Realism is an approach to life that means dealing with the way things are. If you see the world through the lens of realism, you accept what's in front of you and don't pretend it's otherwise.

For those who follow the doctrine of realism, it's "just the facts, ma'am." What you see is what you get; if you can't see it or touch it, it doesn't really exist. Realism is more than just a way of approaching life; it is a formal philosophy and a 19th-century art movement, where animals and people and landscapes are depicted as they appear — no purple and green faces or polka-dotted ponies, just people and trees and landscapes painted in proportions and colors that look like the real thing.

Definitions of realism
  1. noun
    the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
    synonyms: pragmatism
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    type of:
    practicality
    concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities
  2. noun
    the state of being actual or real
    synonyms: reality, realness
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    Antonyms:
    irreality, unreality
    the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
    types:
    fact
    an event known to have happened or something known to have existed
    type of:
    actuality
    the state of actually existing objectively
  3. noun
    an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description
    synonyms: naturalism
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    type of:
    art movement, artistic movement
    a group of artists who agree on general principles
  4. noun
    (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived
    synonyms: naive realism
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    type of:
    philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
    a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
  5. noun
    (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names
    synonyms: Platonism
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    type of:
    philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
    a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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