Antonyms for real

Grammar : Adj
Spell : ree-uh l, reel
Phonetic Transcription : ˈri əl, ril

Definition of real

Origin :
  • early 14c., "actually existing, true;" mid-15c., "relating to things" (especially property), from Old French reel "real, actual," from Late Latin realis "actual," in Medieval Latin "belonging to the thing itself," from Latin res "matter, thing," of uncertain origin. Meaning "genuine" is recorded from 1550s; sense of "unaffected, no-nonsense" is from 1847.
  • Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand. [Margery Williams, "The Velveteen Rabbit"]
  • Real estate is first recorded 1660s and retains the oldest English sense of the word. Noun phrase real time is early 19c. as a term in logic and philosophy, 1953 as an adjectival phrase; get real, usually an interjection, was U.S. college slang in 1960s, reached wide popularity c.1987.
  • adj genuine in existence
Example sentences :
  • May the powers that guide our destiny, preserve you from any real cause for shame.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Now he, being a real likable man of a man, can I do that—for money?
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • And do women who sell themselves ever find any real pleasure in the bargain?
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • But in the end this period of suffering proved a real blessing.
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • As Mr. Sanborn says of her, "she is too real a person, not to be true."
  • Extract from : « Harriet, The Moses of Her People » by Sarah H. Bradford
  • But what is the real value, what will be the consequences, of our victory?
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 » by Various
  • It is not the adjective, but the substantive, which is of real importance.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • She stood aghast all this time, partly with real, partly with affected, surprise.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • So, Miss, if you have a real value for your reputation, shew it as you ought.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • Where his real self was he did not know, so he toyed with the illusion.
  • Extract from : « Viviette » by William J. Locke

Synonyms for real

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