• WordNet 3.6
    • n realist a philosopher who believes that universals are real and exist independently of anyone thinking of them
    • n realist a painter who represents the world realistically and not in an idealized or romantic style
    • n realist a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Realist a person who avoids unrealistic or impractical beliefs or efforts. Contrasted to idealist or visionary.
    • Realist (Art. & Lit) An artist or writer who aims at realism in his work. See Realism, 2.
    • Realist (Philos) One who believes in realism; esp., one who maintains that generals, or the terms used to denote the genera and species of things, represent real existences, and are not mere names, as maintained by the nominalists.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n realist A logician who holds that the essences of natural classes have some mode of being in the real things: in this sense distinguished as a scholastic realist; opposed to nominalist. As soon as intellectual development had reached the point at which men were capable of conceiving of an essence, they naturally found themselves realists. But reflection about words inclined them to be nominalists. Thus, a controversy sprang up between these sects in the eleventh century (first in the Irish monasteries, and then spread through the more civilized countries of northern Europe), and was practically settled in favor of the realists toward the end of the twelfth century. During the fourteenth century a reaction from the subtleties of Scotus produced a revival of nominalistic views, which were brought into a thoroughgoing doctrine by Occam, his followers being distinguished as terminists from other schools of nominalists. At the time when scholasticism came to a rather violent end, owing to the revival of learning, the terminists were in the ascendant, though some of the universities were Scotist. The Cartesians did not profess to be realists; and Leibnitz was a decided nominalist; while the whole weight of the English school (Occam, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Hartley, Reid, Brown, the Mills, and others) went in the same direction. At the present day philosophy seems to be, and science certainly is, prevailingly realistic. See quotation under realism, 1.
    • n realist A philosopher who believes in the real existence of the external world as independent of all thought about it, or, at least, of the thought of any individual or any number of individuals.
    • n realist In literature and art, a believer in or a practiser of realism; one who represents persons or things as he conceives them to be in real life or in nature; an opponent of idealism or romanticism.
    • n realist One who advocates technical as opposed to classical education; one who upholds the method of the real-schools.
    • realist Of or pertaining to realism; realistic; naturalistic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Realist one who holds the doctrine of realism: one who believes in the existence of the external world
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  • Walt Disney
    “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”
  • Henry Christopher Bailey
    Henry Christopher Bailey
    “In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”
  • James Fenton
    James Fenton
    “Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done.”
  • David Ben-Gurion
    David Ben-Gurion
    “Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist.”
  • David Ben-Gurion
    David Ben-Gurion
    “In order to be realist you must believe in miracles.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “A am realistic -- I expect miracles.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. réaliste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. realis—L. res, a thing.


In literature:

Colonel Ingersol spoke the truth in a recent lecture when he said that a realist can be no more than an imitator or a copyist.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
The world into which Cezanne tumbled was a world still agitated by the quarrels of Romantics and Realists.
"Art" by Clive Bell
It would seem more realistic.
"The Moving Picture Girls Under the Palms" by Laura Lee Hope
Where is the realistic tragedy, comedy, epic, composition of any sort?
"French Art" by W. C. Brownell
What things will make conversation realistic?
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
But the Spaniards are, in truth, much more realistic in their execution than in their inspiration.
"Great Pictures, As Seen and Described by Famous Writers"
Realistic though these advisers and their lords were in their thinking, they did not dare to trample openly on the old tradition.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
It was a very realistic dream, but it was not restful.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
In this sense, Dickens, the great romanticist, is truly the great realist also.
"The Victorian Age in Literature" by G. K. Chesterton
Thackeray complains that many ladies have "remonstrated and subscribers left him," because of his realistic tendency.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

We looked in silence down across the distant
Unfathomable reach:
A silence broken by the guide's consistent
And realistic speech.
"The Hawk's Nest" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Edward Byam and Akeem Monsalvatge allegedly posed as cops and wore realistic masks while robbing a cash-checking store in Queens.
And most importantly for Chicago, the team now finds itself in a realistic position to catch a playoff spot with only four regular-season matches remaining.
When Seanan McGuire set out to write her Newsflesh trilogy, she went to some extreme lengths to make her zombie virus as realistic as possible.
Ever since the first "Pro Evolution Soccer" game was released, it was obvious that the err goal of the developers was to craft a realistic professional soccer experience.
TLC is looking to put a new, more realistic spin on home-themed programming -- to reflect the challenged real estate market and tough economy -- with its new show.
Raymond Felton would be realistic.
Mike, who do you think the Stars should realistically target in free agency.
We don't know if it's a realistic possibility, but it would be good for the country in two ways.
Thomas Pynchon is a highly realistic author, pt.
"We tried to make it look as realistic as possible," says Emilie de Ravin of her character's delivery scene.
I know that the writers on "90210" are trying to portray a realistic teen pregnancy with Adrianna's character, but am I alone in hating the direction they've taken the show's one-time best character.
You're a realistic football game, as usual.
Demand the Realistic The Nation.
Today's VCRs , meanwhile, can't capture the photo-realistic images and multichannel sound promised by HDTV.
How Realistic is a Career in VoiceOver .

In science:

It is not universal and we do not expect to find it in realistic physical systems.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The last appears to be the most realistic, although the other two add important physics when used in addition to the supernovae.
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
More realistic simulations require a larger L0 .
A simple model of the hierarchical formation of galaxies
A more realistic approach must contain matter sectors.
Spontaneous orbifold symmetry breaking and generation of mass hierarchy
In a more realistic approach to heteropolymers, we expect that finite dimensional, and finite length chain effects will be responsible for ultimate restoring of ergodicity.
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics