sad, sobering, unfortunate, unpleasant

We were faced with the unpleasant reality of having nowhere to live.

bitter, brutal, cold, cruel, grim, gritty, hard, harsh, painful, stark, ugly

The novel describes the harsh realities of racism and life on the road.


He has no illusions about the underlying reality of army life.

objective, practical

the practical realities of running a children's home

daily, day-to-day, everyday, mundane
external, material, physical

Painters at the time were largely concerned with reproducing external reality.

commercial, economic, historical, political, psychological, social

the harsh economic realities of life as a student


the use of virtual reality in computer games

alternate (esp. AmE)

The movie portrays a kind of alternate reality.


One day her dream will become a reality.

make sth

It's our task to make the proposals a reality.

accept, acknowledge, confront (sb with), face (up to), get a grip on, grasp, perceive, recognize, understand, wake up to

She will have to face reality sooner or later.

I don't think you have quite grasped the realities of our situation!

capture, depict, reflect, represent

a book that captures the reality of life during wartime

construct, create

The director creates a believable, gritty reality.

bear little, no, etc. relation to, bear little, no, etc. resemblance to, have little to do with, not have much to do with

Most people's ideas of the disease do not have much to do with the reality.

be cut off from, be divorced from, be out of touch with, be removed from

They are out of touch with the realities of modern warfare.

escape from
deny, ignore
bring sb back to, come back to, get back to, return to

He called for the committee to stop dreaming and return to reality.

alter, distort, obscure

Most comedy relies on distorting reality.

protect sb from, shelter sb from, shield sb from

Her parents always tried to shield her from the realities of the world.


It's time for a reality check: are these goals really achievable?

television, TV
in reality

The media portray her as happy and successful, but in reality she has a difficult life.

reality of

I don't think he understands the reality of the situation.

a grasp of reality, a grasp on reality

He has a rather tenuous grasp of reality.

a perception of reality, a sense of reality

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