Definitions for realityriˈæl ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•al•i•tyriˈæl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the state or quality of being real.

  2. resemblance to what is real.

  3. a real thing or fact.

  4. real things, facts, or events taken as a whole:

    reading fantasy books to escape from reality.

  5. Philos. something that exists independently of ideas concerning it. something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.

    Category: Philosphy

Idioms for reality:

  1. in reality,in fact or truth; actually.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of reality:

1540–50; < ML reālitās. See real1, -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. world, reality(noun)

    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"

  2. reality, realness, realism(noun)

    the state of being actual or real

    "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

  3. reality(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"

  4. reality(noun)

    the quality possessed by something that is real

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reality(noun)ˈæl ɪ ti

    the real situation, not what you imagine or hope

    the realities of life on the farm; You have to face reality - we have no money.

  2. realityˈæl ɪ ti

    used to say a situation is different from the way it seems

    She told us she was well, but in reality she was very ill.


  1. reality(Noun)

    The state of being actual or real.

    The reality of the crash scene on TV dawned upon him only when he saw the victim was no actor but his friend.

  2. reality(Noun)

    A real entity, event or other fact.

    The ultimate reality of life is it ends in death.

  3. reality(Noun)

    The entirety of all that is real.

  4. reality(Noun)

    An individual observer's own subjective perception of that which is real.

  5. Origin: Recorded since 1550, originally a legal term in the sense of "fixed property" (compare real estate), from Medieval Latin realitas, from Late Latin realis 'real'; meaning "real existence" is from 1647.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reality(noun)

    the state or quality of being real; actual being or existence of anything, in distinction from mere appearance; fact

  2. Reality(noun)

    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

  3. Reality(noun)

    loyalty; devotion

  4. Reality(noun)

    see 2d Realty, 2


  1. Reality

    Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist. Philosophers, mathematicians, and other ancient and modern thinkers, such as Aristotle, Plato, Frege, Wittgenstein, and Russell, have made a distinction between thought corresponding to reality, coherent abstractions, and that which cannot even be rationally thought. By contrast existence is often restricted solely to that which has physical existence or has a direct basis in it in the way that thoughts do in the brain. Reality is often contrasted with what is imaginary, delusional, in the mind, dreams, what is false, what is fictional, or what is abstract. At the same time, what is abstract plays a role both in everyday life and in academic research. For instance, causality, virtue, life and distributive justice are abstract concepts that can be difficult to define, but they are only rarely equalled with pure delusions. Both the existence and reality of abstractions is in dispute: one extreme position regard them as mere words, another position regard them as higher truths than less abstract concepts. This disagreement is the basis of the philosophical Problem of universals.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reality' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1586

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reality' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2558

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reality' in Nouns Frequency: #640

Anagrams of reality

  1. irately

Translations for reality

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


that which is real and not imaginary

It was a relief to get back to reality after hearing the ghost story.

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