1. a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.
  2. an artist or a writer whose work is characterized by realism.
  3. Philosophy. an adherent of realism.


  1. of or relating to realism or to a person who embodies its principles or practices: the realist approach to social ills; realist paintings.


  1. a person who is aware of and accepts the physical universe, events, etc, as they are; pragmatist
  2. an artist or writer who seeks to represent the familiar or typical in real life rather than an idealized, formalized, or romantic interpretation
  3. philosophy a person who accepts realism
  4. (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of realism or realists in the arts, philosophy, etca realist school

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

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