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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"the theory that art and literature should strictly reproduce truth," 1892, from Italian verismo, from vero "truth," from Latin verus (see very) + -ismo, Italian form of -ism.


n. 1 (context arts literature English) Presenting common, everyday subjects, specifically eschewing the heroic or legendary. 2 (context arts English) A movement in the late 19th century, related to realism


Verism is the artistic preference of contemporary everyday subject matter instead of the heroic or legendary in art and literature; it is a form of realism. The word comes from Latinverus (true).

Usage examples of "verism".

As for the object that the homely young ladies neglected and the pretty ones rendered with carnal verism, they, with their masculine intellects, saw it as two cubes of like size, surmounted by an elongated rectangular block: Priapus in terms of solid geometry.