- Realism is a representation of how things really are, or being practical and facing facts.
An example of realism is the rejection of mythical beings.
realism definition by Webster's New World
- a tendency to face facts and be practical rather than imaginative or visionary
- the picturing in art and literature of people and things as they really appear to be, without idealizing
- the doctrine that universal or abstract terms are objectively actual
- the doctrine that material objects exist in themselves, apart from the mind's consciousness of them
Origin: ; from German realismus ; from Modern Latin ; from Midieval Latin realis, real plush -ismus, -ism
realism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An inclination toward literal truth and pragmatism.
- The representation in art or literature of objects, actions, or social conditions as they actually are, without idealization or presentation in abstract form.
- Philosophy a. The scholastic doctrine, opposed to nominalism, that universals exist independently of their being thought.b. The modern philosophical doctrine, opposed to idealism, that physical objects exist independently of their being perceived.
realism - Cultural Definition
An approach to philosophy that regards external objects as the most fundamentally real things, with perceptions or ideas as secondary. Realism is thus opposed to idealism. Materialism and naturalism are forms of realism. The term realism is also used to describe a movement in literature that attempts to portray life as it is.