Re·al·i·ty n.; pl. Realities
1. 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. --Addison.
2. 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. --Milton.
My neck may be an idea to you, but it is a reality to me. --Beattie.
3. Loyalty; devotion. [Obs.]
To express our reality to the emperor. --Fuller.
4. Law See 2d Realty, 2.
n 1: 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" [syn: world]
2: the state of being actual or real; "the reality of his
situation slowly dawned on him" [syn: realness, realism]
3: the state of the world as it really is rather than as you
might want it to be; "businessmen have to face harsh
4: the quality possessed by something that is real [ant: unreality]