Pronunciation: (rē'u-list),[key] —n. 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. Philos.an adherent of realism.
—adj. of or pertaining to realism or to a person who embodies its principles or practices: the realist approach to social ills; realist paintings.