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Pronunciation:  'nachuru`lizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms without recourse to spiritual or supernatural explanations
  2. [n]  an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description

NATURALISM is a 10 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: Realism
 See Also: art movement, artistic movement, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nat"u*ral*ism\, n. [Cf. F. naturalisme.]
    1. A state of nature; conformity to nature.
    2. (Metaph.) The doctrine of those who deny a supernatural
       agency in the miracles and revelations recorded in the
       Bible, and in spiritual influences; also, any system of
       philosophy which refers the phenomena of nature to a blind
       force or forces acting necessarily or according to fixed
       laws, excluding origination or direction by one
       intelligent will.
  2. \Nat"u*ral*ism\, n.
    1. The theory that art or literature should conform to
       nature; realism; also, the quality, rendering, or
       expression of art or literature executed according to this
    2. Specif., the principles and characteristics professed or
       represented by a 19th-century school of realistic writers,
       notably by Zola and Maupassant, who aimed to give a
       literal transcription of reality, and laid special stress
       on the analytic study of character, and on the scientific
       and experimental nature of their observation of life.
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