a manner or technique of treating subject matter that presents, through volume of detail, a deterministic view of human life and actions.
a deterministic theory of writing in which it is held that a writer should adopt an objective view toward the material written about, be free of preconceived ideas as to form and content, and represent with clinical accuracy and frankness the details of life.
Compare (def 4b).
a representation of appearances or patterns of speech, manner, etc., in a work of fiction.
the depiction of the physical environment, especially landscape or the rural environment.
(in a work of art) treatment of forms, colors, space, etc., as they appear or might appear in nature.
Compare (def 4), (def 3a).
action arising from or based on natural instincts and desires alone.
the view of the world that takes account only of elements and forces, excluding the supernatural or spiritual.
the belief that all phenomena are covered by laws of science and that all teleological explanations are therefore without value.
the doctrine that all religious truth is derived from a study of processes and not from revelation.
the doctrine that is sufficient for salvation.
adherence or attachment to what is natural.
a movement, esp in art and literature, advocating detailed realistic and factual description, esp that in 19th-century France in the writings of Zola, Flaubert, etc
the characteristics or effects of this movement
a school of painting or sculpture characterized by the faithful imitation of appearances for their own sake
the belief that all religious truth is based not on revelation but rather on the study of natural causes and processes
a scientific account of the world in terms of causes and natural forces that rejects all spiritual, supernatural, or teleological explanations
the meta-ethical thesis that moral properties are reducible to natural ones, or that ethical judgments are derivable from nonethical ones Compare naturalistic fallacy, descriptivism
action or thought caused by natural desires and instincts
devotion to that which is natural
1630s, “action based on natural instincts,” from natural + -ism. In philosophy, as a view of the world and humanity’s relationship to it, from 1750. As a tendency in art and literature, from 1850.
A movement in literature and the arts, and an approach to philosophy. Literary and artistic naturalism aims at accuracy and objectivity and cultivates realistic and even sordid portrayals of people and their environment. Philosophical naturalism, which is often identified with materialism, holds that minds, spirits, and ideas are fundamentally material.
In the visual arts, an attempt to depict the natural world as accurately and objectively as possible.
imitating or the usual surroundings. pertaining to or . pertaining to , especially in literature and art. Contemporary Examples “I wanted to present a more realistic, naturalistic Peter Parker,” he said. ‘Spider-Man’ Sneak Preview: Spidey Gets Adorkable Chris Lee February 6, 2012 Wicca is a naturalistic religion whose followers generally worship a pantheistic Godhead and […]
a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, which controlled Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler and advocated totalitarian government, territorial expansion, anti-Semitism, and Aryan supremacy, all these leading directly to World War II and the Holocaust. (often lowercase) a person elsewhere who holds similar views. (often lowercase) Sometimes Offensive. a person […]
patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics: She was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm. noun favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence n. “favoritism shown to relatives, especially in appointment to high […]
sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve. noun severe spasmodic pain caused by damage to or malfunctioning of a nerve and often following the course of the nerve n. 1807, from Greek neuron “nerve” (see neuro-) + -algia. Probably formed on model of French névralgie (1801). Related: Neuralgic. neuralgia neu·ral·gia (nu-rāl’jə, nyu-) […]