Definitions

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

  • n. Realism in art and literature.

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  • n. Presenting common, everyday subjects, specifically eschewing the heroic or legendary.
  • n. A movement in the late 19th century, related to realism

Etymologies

Italian verismo : vero, true (from Latin v─ôrus) + -ismo, system of principles (from Latin -ismus, -ism).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • You may select from more than 20,000 verism tapes, several hundred of which ... have only recently been added to the collection.

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  • Reymont learned from Zola's work as a whole - its searching description of the environment, its orchestral mass effects, its uncompromising verism, and the harmonious working together of external nature and human life.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1924 - Presentation

  • Raw and desperate almost to the point of verism, this laptop duo - who started as an art project - are revolutionary reaction personified, just in time, even if the straights won't ever bite.

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