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realism

re·al·ism

realism

pronunciation:
ri lihz m
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an interest in or concern for what is real and true rather than abstract or theoretical.
definition 2: a tendency to see or present things as they actually are.
antonyms:
escapism
definition 3: a movement in the fine arts and literature that is concerned with representing things as they actually are or as they are normally seen. (Cf. idealism.)
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The word realism contains the following part:
-ism2 Greek noun-forming suffix that means doctrine, belief, theory
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The suffix -ism2 has the same origin as -ism1 but attaches to bases of diverse origins to form nouns denoting doctrines, beliefs, or theories. In the growing group of words modeled on the word "racism ," -ism means "bias based on," as in "sexism " and "ageism ." The majority of nouns ending in -ism2 have a corresponding adjective and noun form ending in -ist.