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realism

noun
     
Related topics: Arts
real‧is‧m [uncountable]
1 the ability to accept and deal with difficult situations in a practical way, based on what is possible rather than what you would like to happen:
He has hope, but also a scientist's sense of realism.
2 the quality of being or seeming real:
the realism of the horses on the carousel
3 also RealismA the style of art and literature in which things, especially unpleasant things, are shown or described as they really are in life [↪ idealism, romanticism]:
the tough realism of his early works

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