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reality definition


This page has 7 definitions of reality in English and Spanish, Castilian. Reality is a noun. Examples of how to use reality in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English reality definition


[circa 1540] From French réalité (quality of being real), from Middle French realité (property, possession), from Medieval Latin reālitās, from Late Latin reālis (real), equivalent to real +‎ -ity. Recorded since 1550 as a legal term in the sense of “fixed property” (compare real estate, realty); the sense “real existence” is attested from 1647.



reality (usually uncountable, plural realities)

  1. 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. A real entity, event or other fact.
    The ultimate reality of life is that it ends in death.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      And to realities yield all her shows.
    • 1770, James Beattie, Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth
      My neck, Sir, may be an idea to you, but to me it is a reality.
    • 2005 October 25, European Court of Human Rights, Wypych v. Poland[1], number 2428/05:
      Given the economic realities of contemporary Poland, a requirement to provide information on movable assets which exceed PLN 10,000 in value cannot be held to be excessive.
  3. The entirety of all that is real.
  4. An individual observer's own subjective perception of that which is real.
  5. (obsolete) Loyalty; devotion.
  6. (law, obsolete) Realty; real estate.



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Adjectives that collocate with reality include: harsh; stark; brutal; grim; bitter

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Spanish reality definition


Borrowed from English reality. Doublet of realidad.


reality m (plural realities or realitys)

  1. (television) reality show
    Synonym: reality show