reality

Reality is the way things actually are, not the way you might want them to be. Many TV shows claim to be reality, but they are really just pretend. The only actual reality is the life that happens every day.

The noun reality harkens back to the late Latin realis, and later to the mid-16th Century Medieval Latin reālitās, referring to legal property matters, with the current meaning of "true existence" not coming about until 1647. Philosophers and scientists often debate about the true nature of reality, and a common philosophy is that a person’s reality is whatever he or she thinks it is. Or, as film director Tim Burton once said, "One person's craziness is another person's reality."

Definitions of reality
  1. noun
    the state of being actual or real
    “the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him”
    synonyms: realism, realness
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    Antonyms:
    irreality, unreality
    the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
    types:
    fact
    an event known to have happened or something known to have existed
    type of:
    actuality
    the state of actually existing objectively
  2. noun
    the quality possessed by something that is real
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    Antonyms:
    unreality
    the quality possessed by something that is unreal
    type of:
    corporality, corporeality, materiality, physicalness
    the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
  3. noun
    all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you
    “for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were”
    synonyms: world
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    types:
    real life, real world
    the practical world as opposed to the academic world
    type of:
    experience
    the content of direct observation or participation in an event
  4. noun
    the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be
    “businessmen have to face harsh realities
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    types:
    historicalness
    the state of having in fact existed in the past
    type of:
    actuality
    the state of actually existing objectively
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