Definition of naturalist in English:


Syllabification: nat·u·ral·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈnaCHərəlist


  • 2A person who practices naturalism in art or literature.
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    • The novel received wide critical acclaim and Motley's harsh, unrelenting realism invited comparisons with Richard Wright and the revered naturalists Theodore Dreiser and Frank Norris.
    • In other words, Caravaggio died because of his artistic success as a naturalist.
    • Even a naturalist like Zola cannot help giving his characters insight (of joy or despair) into the sweep of human meaning even as he feeds them to the grinder of biological determinism.
  • 2.1A person who adopts philosophical naturalism.
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    • A methodological naturalist would insist on explaining all phenomena, however strange, in natural terms.
    • But as Johnson himself notes, many people think that they can be methodological naturalists and theists.
    • The naturalist on the contrary simply points out that, whatever the mind is, our continuing existence is proof that it has done its job of keeping us around.


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  • another term for naturalistic.
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    • But that, again, is a triumph of naturalist ideology over common sense.
    • Nevertheless, such a logic fully brings out the absurd implications of the feminist and naturalist accounts.
    • This was a challenge to the dominant, naturalist conventions of his day, where characters in drama represented specific social types without contradiction, predetermined and easily recognisable.

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