Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practice of representing abstract concepts or qualities in concrete form, as in concrete poetry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. In painting, an abstractionist movement evolving in the 1930's out of the work of De Stijl, the Futurists and Kandinsky around the Swiss painter Max Bill. It came to fruition in Northern Italy and France in the 1940's and 1950's through the work of the groups Movimento d'arte concreta (MAC) and Espace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The habit or practice of regarding as concrete or real what is abstract or ideal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a representation of an abstract idea in concrete terms

Etymologies

concrete + -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Although the terminology varies (one can equivalently speak about reism, concretism or nominalism), two claims of any theory going against general (abstract) objects should be very sharply distinguished.

    Lvov-Warsaw School

  • His friend Kotarbiński formulated a very extreme nominalism, called variously reism, pansomatism, and concretism, according to which the only things that exist are material bodies.

    Stanisław Leśniewski

  • Schendel's interest in poetry and sparse graphic forms tied her to Concretism, just as her manipulation of paper aligned her with Neo-concretism.

    artforum.com

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