Definition of realism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈriːəlɪzəm//
    , also BrE//ˈrɪəlɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːəlɪzəm//
    [uncountable] Styles of art
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  1. 1a way of seeing, accepting and dealing with situations as they really are without being influenced by your emotions or false hopes There was a new mood of realism among the leaders at the peace talks.
  2. 2(of novels, paintings, films/movies, etc.) the quality of being very like real life the gritty realism of the new drama serial
  3. 3 (also Realism) a style in art or literature that shows things and people as they are in real life See related entries: Styles of art
  4. compare idealism, romanticism
    Extra examples Clever lighting and sound effects brought greater realism to the play. I hate to interject a note of realism, but we don’t have any money to do any of this. The computer animation offers an unprecedented level of realism. They should temper their enthusiasm with a healthy dose of realism. a complex novel of psychological realism realism in Dutch art the Soviet adoption of socialist realism in art the band’s realism about their chances of success the stark realism of Loach’s films Nowadays their political vision is tempered with a degree of realism. The programme needs to be based on common sense and realism.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: realism