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Definition of realism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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(in novels, paintings, movies, etc.) the quality of being very like real life the gritty realism of the new drama serial
  3. 3Realism a style in art or literature that shows things and people as they are in real life compare idealism, romanticism
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: realism