Naturalism Definition

năchər-ə-lĭzəm, năchrə-
Factual or realistic representation, especially:
American Heritage
Faithful adherence to nature; realism; specif., the principles and methods of a group of 19th-cent. writers, including Émile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, and Guy de Maupassant, who believed that the writer or artist should apply scientific objectivity and precision in observing and depicting life, without idealizing, imposing value judgments, or avoiding what may be regarded as sordid or repulsive.
Webster's New World
A movement or school advocating such precise representation.
American Heritage
The principles and methods of such a movement or of its adherents.
American Heritage
The quality resulting from the use of such realism.
Webster's New World

Origin of Naturalism

  • Confer French naturalisme.

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