Definition of veristic in US English:



  • (of art or literature) extremely or strictly naturalistic.

    ‘veristic cast-wax or terracotta portrait masks’
    • ‘Shorr today, more than ever before, is stressing artificiality over realism, the virtual over the veristic, intellection over intuition.’
    • ‘Vespasian's images hark back to harsh styles of veristic portraiture of the late Republic.’
    • ‘Lastman, especially, was admired for his clear narratives and classicizing, archaeologically veristic settings, and his attentive reading of classical sources.’
    • ‘However, the silent majority even of the twentieth century may look old in the manner of veristic Roman portrait before they reached thirty-five.’
    factual, fact-based, literal, correct, faithful, exact, close, true, truthful, veracious, true to life, telling it like it is, as it really happened, lifelike, authentic, realistic, fair
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Late 19th century: from Latin verum (neuter) ‘true’ or Italian vero ‘true’ + -ist + -ic.