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verism

[veer-iz-uh m, ver-] /ˈvɪər ɪz əm, ˈvɛr-/
noun
1.
the theory that rigid representation of truth and reality is essential to art and literature, and therefore the ugly and vulgar must be included.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Latin vēr(um) truth + -ism; cf. verismo
Related forms
verist, noun, adjective
veristic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for verism

verism

/ˈvɪərɪzəm/
noun
1.
extreme naturalism in art or literature
Derived Forms
verist, noun, adjective
veristic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Italian verismo, from vero true, from Latin vērus
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