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.

Primary Meanings of realism

1.
n
the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
2.
n
(philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical objects continue to exist when not perceived
Full Definitions of realism
1

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

Synonyms:
pragmatism
Type of:
practicality
concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities

n the state of being actual or real

Synonyms:
reality, realness
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

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

Synonyms:
naturalism
Type of:
art movement, artistic movement
a group of artists who agree on general principles
2

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

Synonyms:
naive realism
Type of:
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy

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

Synonyms:
Platonism
Type of:
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy

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