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[ree-uh-list] /ˈri ə lɪst/
a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.
an artist or a writer whose work is characterized by realism.
Philosophy. an adherent of realism.
of or relating to realism or to a person who embodies its principles or practices:
the realist approach to social ills; realist paintings.
Origin of realist
1595-1605; real1 + -ist; compare French réaliste
Related forms
antirealist, noun, adjective
hyperrealist, noun
nonrealist, noun
prorealist, adjective, noun
ultrarealist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for realist
  • It would be, at long last, a fully realized realist novel.
  • The realist tone is evident even from the first sentence of the article.
  • The important is being rational, realist and thruer guesses, imaginations.
  • Silver is also a realist when it comes to technology and its ability to make music secure.
  • It is not the responsibility of climate realist scientists to prove that dangerous human-caused climate change is not happening.
  • Being a realist as well as a dreamer, he wasn't surprised at the clutter within.
  • No realist would ever dream of attaining the level of success he has achieved.
  • How typical for a head-in-the-clouds idealist to charge a feet-on-the-ground realist with cynicism or imagination-deficiency.
  • But the film's careful injection of a warm, humanist spirit into an elaborate magical realist vision sets it apart.
  • The current scholarly tone is, judging from the new books, realist but pessimistic.
British Dictionary definitions for realist


a person who is aware of and accepts the physical universe, events, etc, as they are; pragmatist
an artist or writer who seeks to represent the familiar or typical in real life rather than an idealized, formalized, or romantic interpretation
(philosophy) a person who accepts realism
(modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of realism or realists in the arts, philosophy, etc: a realist school
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for realist

c.1600, in philosophy, from real (adj.) + -ist, and cf. French réaliste. Also see realism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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