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naturalism

nat·u·ral·ism

naturalism

 
 
pronunciation:
nae ch r lI zm [or] naech r lih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: in literature, a method of depicting life that reflects a philosophy of determinism.
Emile Zola, the originator of naturalism, created characters whose struggles against dire social conditions were defeated by their genetic inheritance.
definition 2: in visual art, the depiction of subjects so as to reproduce their natural appearance.
definition 3: in theology, the doctrine that religious truth derives from nature rather than from revelation.
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