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[ noun ] all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you

Synonyms

world

Examples

"his world was shattered" "we live in different worlds" "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

One of the most widespread features of contemporary thought is the almost universal disbelief in the reality of spirit .

In such a world the words `` matter '' and `` spirit '' both referred to directly known realities in the common experience of all .

In it important elements of Christianity and of the Biblical view of reality in_general , which now cause us much difficulty , could be responded to quite naturally and spontaneously .

The progress of science over these last few centuries and the gradual replacement of Biblical by scientific categories of reality have to a large extent emptied the spirit_world of the entities which previously populated it .

When , therefore , it turned its attention to the concrete entities with which popular imagination had peopled the world of spirit , these entities soon lost whatever status they had enjoyed as actual elements of external reality .

Related terms

experience real_world

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[ noun ] the state of being actual or real

Synonyms

realism realness

Examples

: "the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

In a long commentary which he has inserted in the published text of the first act of the play , he says at one point : `` However , that experience never raised a doubt in his mind as to the reality of the underworld or the existence of Lucifer 's many faced lieutenants .

The reality of spirit emerges in_this play in_spite_of the author 's convictions to_the_contrary .

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

Time_and_again in counseling and teaching , one encounters members of this group whose attempts to bring into some kind of unity the insubstantial mythologies of their `` fundamentalist '' heritage and the stubborn reality of the modern_world are only_too painfully obvious .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

We leap from event to event - including the formation of the posse - even though the events , in `` reality '' are taking_place not in sequence but simultaneously , and not near each other but at a considerable distance .

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

To reinforce , and sometimes to replace , the simulated typography , Braque and Picasso began to mix sand and other foreign substances with their paint ; the granular texture thus created likewise called_attention_to the reality of the surface and was effective over much larger areas .

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[ noun ] the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be

Examples

"businessmen have to face harsh realities"

Used in print

(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)

Is your R_+_D or product development program tuned in to the commercial realities of the market ?

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

This brings us to the fact that the realities we are dealing with lie not in the field of civil legislation , but in the realm of conscience and religion : They are moral judgments and matters of theological belief .

(Peter J. White, "Report on Laos"...)

Even if it did not , how would this little world of gentle people cope with its new reality of grenades and submachine_guns ?

(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)

All such imitations of negative quality have given_rise to a compensatory response in the form of a heroic and highly individualistic humanism : if man can neither know nor love reality as it is , he can at_least invent an artistic `` reality '' which is its own world and which can speak_to man of purely personal and subjective qualities capable of being known and worthy of being loved .

Related terms

actuality historicalness

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[ noun ] the quality possessed by something that is real

Related terms

unreality materiality

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