- the state or quality of being real.
- resemblance to what is real.
- a real thing or fact.
- real things, facts, or events taken as a whole; state of affairs: the reality of the business world; vacationing to escape reality.
- something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
- something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.
- something that is real.
- something that constitutes a real or actual thing, as distinguished from something that is merely apparent.
- noting or pertaining to a TV program or film that portrays nonactors interacting or competing with each other in real but contrived situations, allegedly without a script: a popular reality show; reality TV.
- in reality, in fact or truth; actually: brave in appearance, but in reality a coward.
Origin of reality
Related Words for realityphenomenon, matter, truth, existence, sensibility, realism, presence, being, materiality, entity, authenticity, deed, perceptibility, verisimilitude, tangibility, palpability, actuality, solidity, object, validity
Examples from the Web for reality
Contemporary Examples of reality
But if Democrats are faced with the reality of a glut of qualified candidates, Republicans are assembling more of a fantasy team.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
That is a reality that still eats at Grace Castro and Yvonne Lozoya.
His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
He was a dreamer, an idealist, grounded in the reality he observed around him.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of reality
The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They all admired and respected her, and nobody doubted the reality of her adventures.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Yet when we do make them come true, we find the vision sweeter than the reality.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The object so meritorious, who can doubt the reality of his professions?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Now Vavasor was in reality not a little disgusted at what he beheld.Weighed and Wanting
- the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be
- something that is real
- the state of being real
- in reality actually; in fact
Word Origin and History for reality
1540s, "quality of being real," from French réalité and directly Medieval Latin realitatem (nominative realitas), from Late Latin realis (see real (adj.)). Meaning "real existence, all that is real" is from 1640s; that of "the real state (of something)" is from 1680s. Sometimes 17c.-18c. also meaning "sincerity." Reality-based attested from 1960. Reality television from 1991.
- The quality or state of being actual or true.
- The totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
- That which exists objectively and in fact.