from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Verism.
- n. An artistic movement of the late 19th century, originating in Italy and influential especially in grand opera, marked by the use of rural characters and common, everyday themes often treated in a melodramatic manner.
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- n. An artistic movement, from 19th century Italian literature and opera, in which rural and everyday people and themes were treated in an often melodramatic manner
Italian; see verism.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)