reality

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reality the quality possessed by something that is real
    • n reality 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 reality the state of being actual or real "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"
    • n reality 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reality Loyalty; devotion. "To express our reality to the emperor."
    • Reality (Law) See 2d Realty, 2.
    • Reality 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.""My neck may be an idea to you, but it is a reality to me."
    • Reality 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reality The being real; truth as it is in the thing; objective validity; independence of the attributions of individual thought; positively determinate being.
    • n reality That which is real or genuine; something that really is or exists, as opposed to what is imagined or pretended; an essential verity or entity, either in fact or in representation.
    • n reality In law, same as realty.
    • n reality Synonyms and Verity (see real). Reality means that a thing certainly is; truth applies to the correctness of what is said or believed about the thing, the conformity of such report or belief to reality. The reality of a danger; the actuality of the arrival of help; the truth about the matter.
    • n reality Same as realty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reality that which is real and not imaginary: truth: verity:
    • n Reality (law) the fixed, permanent nature of real property
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Quotations

  • Brian Tracy
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    “Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.”
  • Henry Miller
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    “Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.”
  • Robert H. Goddard
    Robert H. Goddard
    “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”
  • Salman Rushdie
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    “Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.”
  • Liza Minnelli
    Liza Minnelli
    “Reality is something you rise above.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. réalité, LL. realitas,. See 3d Real, and cf. 2d Realty
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. realis—L. res, a thing.

Usage

In literature:

But Scientific Truth is Valid for Reality 142 Sect.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
To most people God is an inference, not a reality.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
The reality is far beyond all dreams, beyond the most fantastic imagination.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Of course not, for it was a transfigured face, and how could he have grasped a reality in his present state of mind?
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
In reality he has not acted faith upon him.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
His mind asserted itself, and the meaning of what he had just heard came to him in all its grim reality.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
No man's imagination can overstep the reality.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Indeed, to the larger view, romance is a part of the reality of life.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
For materialism denies reality to the objects of almost all the impulses which we most cherish.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
We know what the ideal is because we observe what pleases us in the reality.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
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In poetry:

Let death between us be as naught,
A dried and vanished stream;
Your joy be the reality,
Our suffering life the dream.
"The Other World" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
When I first, the veil assuming,
Masked before a treacherous world,
And the hopes romance expanded
Reality had sternly furled;
"The Orphan's Good-Bye" by Nora Pembroke
``We dream we think, feel, touch, and see,
And what these are, still dreaming, guess,
Though there is no Reality
Behind their fleeting semblances.''
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
He who hath dreamed but of her world shall give
All of his soul unto her restlessly:
He who hath seen but her far face shall live
No more for things we name reality:
Such is the power of her tyranny.
"The Unattainable" by Madison Julius Cawein
Thus wandering silent on and slow
I'll nurse Reflection's sacred woe,
And muse upon the perish'd day
When Hope would weave her visions gay,
Ere FANCY chill'd by adverse fate
Left sad REALITY my mate.
"To Contemplation" by Robert Southey
Reason, indeed, may oft complain
For Nature's sad reality,
And tell the suffering heart how vain
Its cherished dreams must always be;
And Truth may rudely trample down
The flowers of Fancy, newly-blown:
"To Imagination" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

Or maybe it's a word in your head that beacons reality.
What is the deal with all the TV reality shows.
There has been a great deal of hysteria about blisters , but the reality is that the number of boats that develop serious blister problems is extremely small.
High-profile reality shows on three broadcast networks found the ratings waters toxic on Wednesday night, based on Nielsen overnights.
Even for a reality television family, the Kardashian Kard was an epic fiasco.
The idea behind the school is to prepare at-risk kids for college, and it's all been dreamed up and turned in to reality by a young Teach for America alum.
Fashion sales, bocce , and a chance to be a reality TV star.
I would love to spend all afternoon cooking an elaborate meal, but that's not reality.
Reality drives half of them back out.
In the 1960s, Dolores Huerta organized in the fields -- spearheading a national boycott of grapes and lettuce, and making decent pay and working conditions a reality for thousands of farmers.
Spike TV Orders 3 Reality Series focused on Rats, Tattoos and Bounty Hunter s.
CMT has given the greenlight to a new reality series, Dog (working title), featuring Dog the Bounty Hunter .
A production company in Los Angeles is searching for new ideas for docuseries/ reality television shows.
The network announced Monday that it was canceling the reality series after eight seasons.
Reality television is ignorant of Alaska reality.
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In science:

C is an n × (n + ν ) matrix with reality properties given by the Dyson index.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
Rosen, “Can quantum-mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete?” Phys.
Bell's theorem, entanglement, and common sense
Indeed, the reality condition implies that π and J πJ −1 commute.
Left-Right Symmetric Models in Noncommutative Geometries?
The choice of S0.1 and emission averaged temperature T in the S − T diagram are determined by the realities of observational limitations, but they are probably not the best coordinates to test deviations from similarity.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
It is essentially sub jective and epistemological, because the basic reality of the theory is ‘our knowledge’.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
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