from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The characteristic quality of the works of Emile Zola (born 1840), a French novelist characterized by an excessively “realistic” treatment of the grosser phases of life; coarse “realism” or “naturalism.”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The literary theories and practices of the French novelist Emile Zola (1840-1902); naturalism, esp. in a derogatory sense.


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