noun, plural re·al·i·ties for 3, 5–7.
- something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
- something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.
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
noun plural -ties
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.