Reality Re*al"i*ty (r[-e]*[a^]l"[i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Realities} (-t[i^]z). [Cf. F. r['e]alit['e], LL. realitas. See 3d {Real}, and cf. 2d {Realty}.] 1. The state or quality of being real; actual being or existence of anything, in distinction from mere appearance; fact. [1913 Webster]

A man fancies that he understands a critic, when in reality he does not comprehend his meaning. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

And to realities yield all her shows. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

My neck may be an idea to you, but it is a reality to me. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]

3. [See 1st {Realty}, 2.] Loyalty; devotion. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To express our reality to the emperor. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) See 2d {Realty}, 2. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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