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. First attested in c. 1540.
- The state of being actual or real; realness.
- The reality of the crash scene on TV dawned upon him only when he saw the victim was no actor but his friend.
- 2019 January 7, “Exploring the SCP Foundation: Pattern Screamers” (0:11 from the start), in The Exploring Series, archived from the original on 11 January 2023:
- While the SCP universe is, of course, filled with things that we would certainly not consider "real", most of the SCPs are tangible or perceivable in some way. There are those concepts, however, whose reality is debatable, even to the SCP Foundation, begging them to ask the question of what, exactly, is real.
- The real world.
- 1712 February 13 (Gregorian calendar), [Joseph Addison; Richard Steele et al.], “SATURDAY, February 2, 1711–1712”, in The Spectator, number 291; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume III, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, →OCLC:
- A man very often fancies that he understands a critic, when in reality he does not comprehend his meaning.
- 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, →OCLC:
- As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, […]. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. […] I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
- A real entity, event, or other fact.
- The ultimate reality of life is that it ends in death.
- 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, 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.
- 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19:
- It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today […].
- The entirety of all that is real.
- 2008 July 5, Russell T Davies, “Journey's End”, in Graeme Harper, director, Doctor Who, season 4 , episode 13, spoken by Davros (Julian Bleach):
- Across the entire Universe. Never stopping, never faltering, never fading. People and planets and stars will become dust. And the dust will become atoms and the atoms will become... nothing. And the wavelength will continue, breaking through the rift at the heart of the Medusa Cascade into every dimension, every parallel, every single corner of creation. This is my ultimate victory, Doctor! The DESTRUCTION! Of REALITY! ITSELF!
- An individual observer's own subjective perception of that which is real.
- (obsolete) Loyalty; devotion.
- (law, obsolete) Realty; real estate.
- alternate reality game
- bite of the reality sandwich
- break reality
- extended reality
- in reality
- mugged by reality
- new reality
- reality bender
- reality challenged
- reality check
- reality distortion field
- reality mining
- reality pornography
- reality principle
- reality shifter
- reality show
- reality television
- reality testing
- reality therapy
- reality TV
- reality warper
- reality warping
- the reality is
- harsh reality
- stark reality
- brutal reality
- grim reality
- bitter reality
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reality m (plural realities)
- reality in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
- (Brazil) IPA(key): /ʁeˈa.li.t͡ʃi/ [heˈa.li.t͡ʃi], /ʁiˈa.li.t͡ʃi/ [hɪˈa.li.t͡ʃi], (faster pronunciation) /ˈʁja.li.t͡ʃi/ [ˈhja.li.t͡ʃi]
reality m (plural realities)
- (television) reality show
- 2021 October 26, Celia Fernández, “El activismo altruista como carne de ‘reality’”, in El País:
- Hace un mes fueron precisamente las protestas (digitales) las que tumbaron el estreno de The Activist, un reality estadounidense al que se acusó de querer mercantilizar el altruismo, promover la rivalidad entre causas sociales y reducir su éxito al alcance en redes de quienes defienden los derechos humanos.
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According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.