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
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n the state of being actual or real

“the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him”
Synonyms:
realism, realness
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

n the quality possessed by something that is real

Antonyms:
unreality
the quality possessed by something that is unreal
Type of:
corporality, corporeality, materiality, physicalness
the quality of being physical; consisting of matter

n 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
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

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
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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