Definitions for: Reality

[n] the quality possessed by something that is real
[n] all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you; "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were"
[n] the state of being actual or real; "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"
[n] the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be; "businessmen have to face harsh realities"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*al"i*ty, n.; pl. Realities. [Cf. F.
r['e]alit['e], LL. realitas. See 3d Real. and cf. 2d
1. The state or quality of being real; actual being or
existence of anything, in distinction from mere
appearance; fact.

A man fancies that he understands a critic, when in
reality he does not comprehend his meaning.

2. That which is real; an actual existence; that which is not
imagination, fiction, or pretense; that which has
objective existence, and is not merely an idea.

And to realities yield all her shows. --Milton.

My neck may be an idea to you, but it is reality to
me. --Beattie.

3. [See 1st Realty, 2.] Loyalty; devotion. [Obs.]

To express our reality to the emperor. --Fuller.

4. (Law) See 2d Realty, 2.

Synonyms: realism, realness, world

Antonyms: irreality, unreality, unreality

See Also: actuality, corporeality, experience, fact, historicalness, materiality, physicalness, real life, real world

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