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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
gritty realism
▪ Billingham’s pictures have a gritty realism which can be almost upsetting.
▪ EastEnders, once renowned for gritty realism and giant characters, is now awash with pygmies acting out absurd leftish fantasies.
▪ Songs are set in everyday situations and many listeners appreciate the gritty realism, although others consider the earthiness intolerably shallow.
▪ But then she also thinks Eldorado is full of gritty realism!
▪ How do you break free from the expectation that your stories will be heavily dosed with magic realism?
▪ Her first novel House of the Spirits is also highly recommended - a tourdeforce of magic realism.
▪ The artist portrayed images of daily life in his native town of Ocotlan with vivid colors, surrealism and magical realism.
▪ The novel is from the genre of magical realism.
▪ It seems the filmmakers are aiming for a dose of magical realism, dried-out, reconstituted and completely misunderstood.
▪ By our own poverty of spirit, we begin to gain a new realism about life and the way we ourselves live.
▪ This time, however, there must be a new sense of realism, on all sides.
▪ There is now new realism in sentencing.
▪ In the midst of despair the movie producers drifted amongst other things into a new realism.
▪ There a new realism and prices are coming down to sensible levels.
▪ The new realism owed nothing in technique or substance to the romances of Tolkien and Lewis.
▪ The importance of the Speyhawk write-downs may lie in a new realism by the banks who are now in charge.
▪ It was suddenly realized that films dealing with contemporary city life were doing well and the new realism was born.
▪ Throughout the Gingrich probe, Cole has had to temper his crusading instincts with political realism.
▪ First, there was the social realism of the Glasgow slums.
▪ Audiences become attached to soaps that have a strong sense of social realism.
▪ There could be a causal link between demanding social justice and realism as a method, but it is not shown.
▪ Interwar Socialist Realism Socialist realism has a bad press in the West.
▪ What was new, and what is of interest in this context, was his fundamental critical reappraisal of socialist realism.
▪ As a result, socialist realism espouses a new interest in correctionalism - even under capitalism.
▪ One had to add a dash of realism and a great big dollop of gratitude to a situation like this.
▪ Background noises can be added for maximum realism.
▪ To add realism to the design, colour some of the foxgloves and sunflowers with fabric dyes or embroidery.
▪ His style combines plain language and gritty realism.
▪ The battle scenes are described with extraordinary realism.
▪ And realism, it is argued, is a poor basis for belief.
▪ Audiences become attached to soaps that have a strong sense of social realism.
▪ His realism was not the realism of his forebears.
▪ However, their idealism is tempered with realism.
▪ It fostered an atmosphere of intimidation and blackmail within which realism came to sound like racism.
▪ Sometimes, it is not the serpentine plots, but the dramatic realism that requires a second viewing.
▪ These exchanges are a ground-breaking insight for neo-conservative realism.
▪ You talk about achieving a balance between idealism and realism as if we already have a perfect one.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Realism \Re"al*ism\ (r[=e]"al*[i^]z'm), n. [Cf. F. r['e]alisme.]

  1. (Philos.)

    1. As opposed to nominalism, the doctrine that genera and species are real things or entities, existing independently of our conceptions. According to realism the Universal exists ante rem (Plato), or in re (Aristotle).

    2. As opposed to idealism, the doctrine that in sense perception there is an immediate cognition of the external object, and our knowledge of it is not mediate and representative.

  2. (Art & Lit.) Fidelity to nature or to real life; representation without idealization, and making no appeal to the imagination; adherence to the actual fact.

  3. the practise of assessing facts and the probabilities of the consequences of actions in an objective manner; avoidance of unrealistic or impractical beliefs or efforts. Contrasted to idealism, self-deception, overoptimism, overimaginativeness, or visionariness.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1794, from real (adj.) + -ism; after French réalisme or German Realismus; from Late Latin realis "real." Opposed to idealism in philosophy, art, etc. In reference to scholastic doctrine of Thomas Aquinas (opposed to nominalism) it is recorded from 1826. Meaning "close resemblance to the scene" (in art, literature, etc., often with reference to unpleasant details) is attested from 1856.


n. 1 A concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary. 2 An artistic representation of reality as it is. 3 (context sciences English) The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation. 4 (context philosophy English) A doctrine that universals are real—they exist and are distinct from the particulars that instantiate them.

  1. n. the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth [syn: pragmatism]

  2. (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical object continue to exist when not perceived [syn: naive realism]

  3. the state of being actual or real; "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him" [syn: reality, realness] [ant: unreality]

  4. an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description [syn: naturalism]

  5. (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names [syn: Platonism]

Realism (The Magnetic Fields album)

Realism is the ninth studio album by American indie pop band The Magnetic Fields. It was officially released on January 26, 2010 by Nonesuch Records.

Realism (international relations)

Realism is the predominant school of thought in international relations theory, theoretically formalising the realpolitik statesmanship of early modern Europe. Although a highly diverse body of thought, it can be thought of as unified by the belief that world politics ultimately is always and necessarily a field of conflict among actors pursuing power. Crudely, realists are of three kinds in what they take the source of ineliminable conflict to be. Classical realists believe that it follows from human nature, neorealists focus upon the structure of the anarchic state system, and neoclassical realists believe that it is a result of a combination of the two and certain domestic variables. Realists also disagree about what kind of action states ought to take to navigate world politics, dividing between (although most realists fall outside the two groups) defensive realism and offensive realism. Realists have also claimed that a realist tradition of thought is evident within the history of political thought all the way back to antiquity, including Thucydides, Thomas Hobbes and Niccolò Machiavelli.

Jonathan Haslam from the University of Cambridge characterizes Realism as "a spectrum of ideas." Regardless of which definition is used, the theories of realism revolve around four central propositions:

Realism is often associated with Realpolitik as both are based on the management of the pursuit, possession, and application of power. Realpolitik, however, is an older prescriptive guideline limited to policy-making (like foreign policy), while Realism is a particular paradigm, or wider theoretical and methodological framework, aimed at describing, explaining and, eventually, predicting events in the international relations domain. The theories of Realism are contrasted by the cooperative ideals of Liberalism.

Realism (arts)

Realism in the arts is the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements.

Realism has been prevalent in the arts at many periods, and is in large part a matter of technique and training, and the avoidance of stylization. In the visual arts, illusionistic realism is the accurate depiction of lifeforms, perspective, and the details of light and colour. Realist works of art may emphasize the mundane, ugly or sordid, such as works of social realism, regionalism, or kitchen sink realism.

There have been various realism movements in the arts, such as the opera style of verismo, literary realism, theatrical realism and Italian neorealist cinema. The realism art movement in painting began in France in the 1850s, after the 1848 Revolution. The realist painters rejected Romanticism, which had come to dominate French literature and art, with roots in the late 18th century.


Realism, Realistic, or Realists may refer to:

  • Ethnographic realism, a writing style that narrates the author's anthropological observations as if they were first-hand
  • Legal realism, a jurisprudence emphasizing the substantive results of the law
  • Literary realism, a literary movement stressing the depiction of contemporary life and society as it exists or existed
  • Philosophical realism, belief that reality exists independently of observers
  • Realism (art movement), 19th-century painting movement
  • Realism (arts), the general attempt to depict subjects truthfully
  • Realism (international relations), the view that world politics is driven by competitive self-interest
  • Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, art movement
  • Theatrical realism, one of the many types of theatre such as Naturalism
Realism (art movement)

Realism was an artistic movement that began in France in the 1850s, after the 1848 Revolution. Realists rejected Romanticism, which had dominated French literature and art since the late 18th century. Realism revolted against the exotic subject matter and exaggerated emotionalism and drama of the Romantic movement. Instead it sought to portray real and typical contemporary people and situations with truth and accuracy, and not avoiding unpleasant or sordid aspects of life. Realist works depicted people of all classes in situations that arise in ordinary life, and often reflected the changes brought by the Industrial and Commercial Revolutions. The popularity of such "realistic" works grew with the introduction of photography—a new visual source that created a desire for people to produce representations which look objectively real.

The Realists depicted everyday subjects and situations in contemporary settings, and attempted to depict individuals of all social classes in a similar manner. Classical idealism and Romantic emotionalism and drama were avoided equally, and often sordid or untidy elements of subjects were not smoothed over or omitted. Social realism emphasizes the depiction of the working class, and treating them with the same seriousness as other classes in art, but realism, as the avoidance of artificiality, in the treatment of human relations and emotions was also an aim of Realism. Treatments of subjects in a heroic or sentimental manner were equally rejected.

Realism as an art movement was led by Courbet in France. It spread across Europe and was influential for the rest of the century and beyond, but as it became adopted into the mainstream of painting it becomes less common and useful as a term to define artistic style. After the arrival of Impressionism and later movements which downgraded the importance of precise illusionistic brushwork, it often came to refer simply to the use of a more traditional and tighter painting style. It has been used for a number of later movements and trends in art, some involving careful illusionistic representation, such as Photorealism, and others the depiction of "realist" subject matter in a social sense, or attempts at both.

Usage examples of "realism".

Art should ennoble, Langbehn said, so that naturalism, realism, anything which exposed the kind of iniquities that a Zola or a Mann drew attention to, was anathema.

In a full-size screen were the images of the Thalassocrat and the Translator, a three-dimensional realism that seemed to breathe out the cold of the ice chamber where they crouched.

Nowadays, most philosophers of physics, the most mature of the sciences, have distanced themselves from scientific realism, adopting views closer to those of Cardinal Bellarmine than of Galileo.

Solovievs and the description of a big symphony concert in Moscow about 1900 are masterpieces of verbal expressiveness, delicate realism, and delightful humor.

It seems to me, I said, that the great additions which have been made by realism to the territory of literature consist largely in swampy, malarious, ill-smelling patches of soil which had previously been left to reptiles and vermin.

In the process he refined the technique of marble carving, producing smooth planes that depicted skin, female skin especially, with great realism and the hint, more than the hint, of eroticism.

Realism is Rubens, Rembrandt and Repin put to serve the working class.

We have not room in the British Museum to give a loose rein to realism in the matter of accessories, but each bird or animal in the collection is so stuffed as to make it look as much alive as the stuffer can make it--even to the insertion of glass eyes.

When the supernatural caught her interest, the result was a group of short stories which combined domestic realism with supernaturalism and these have proved very influential.

Reality, or rather realism, calm, cold, selective, had no part at all in this story.

New Testament, and second that it points forward, if it points to anything, to the Aristotelian realism of the Summa of St.

Zingerman the painter had a certain integrity, a kind of Ashcan school realism.

Here the trappings of Realism have fallen away, but the Chekhovian principle remains triumphant.

Jukes was a civil engineer, and Condy held that it was a capital bit of realism on the part of the author to have him speak of the pitch of the hills in just such technical terms.

For instance, in the view of some critics, literary realism carries with it an implicit validation of conservative social structures: for others, the formal and metrical intricacies of the sonnet and the iambic pentameter are a counterpart of social stability, decorum, and order.