real life


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real life

n
a. actual human life, as lived by real people, esp contrasted with the lives of fictional or fantasy characters: miracles don't happen in real life.
b. (as modifier): a real-life mystery.
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Noun1.real life - the practical world as opposed to the academic world; "a good consultant must have a lot of experience in the real world"
reality, world - all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you; "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were"

real life

noun reality, actuality, actual existence Children use fantasy to explore worrying aspects of real life.
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Life meanwhile- real life, with its essential interests of health and sickness, toil and rest, and its intellectual interests in thought, science, poetry, music, love, friendship, hatred, and passions- went on as usual, independently of and apart from political friendship or enmity with Napoleon Bonaparte and from all the schemes of reconstruction.
Since the objects of imitation are men in action, and these men must be either of a higher or a lower type (for moral character mainly answers to these divisions, goodness and badness being the distinguishing marks of moral differences), it follows that we must represent men either as better than in real life, or as worse, or as they are.
Authors, as a rule, attempt to select and portray types rarely met with in their entirety, but these types are nevertheless more real than real life itself.
Hence those strange monsters in lace and embroidery, in silks and brocades, with vast wigs and hoops; which, under the name of lords and ladies, strut the stage, to the great delight of attorneys and their clerks in the pit, and of the citizens and their apprentices in the galleries; and which are no more to be found in real life than the centaur, the chimera, or any other creature of mere fiction.
I was taken home, nervous and overwrought, sick with the invasion of my real life by that other life of my dreams.
But there was a more real life for Hester Prynne, here, in New England, that in that unknown region where Pearl had found a home.
STRANGE DOINGS AT GLENINCH--A romance in real life seems to be in course of progress at Mr.
It is remarkable that what we call the world, which is so very credulous in what professes to be true, is most incredulous in what professes to be imaginary; and that, while, every day in real life, it will allow in one man no blemishes, and in another no virtues, it will seldom admit a very strongly-marked character, either good or bad, in a fictitious narrative, to be within the limits of probability.
Not being a genius, like Keats, it won't kill me," she said stoutly, "and I've got the joke on my side, after all, for the parts that were taken straight out of real life are denounced as impossible and absurd, and the scenes that I made up out of my own silly head are pronounced `charmingly natural, tender, and true'.
Now his real life was beginning; now he would have room and opportunity for action, and he would use them.
If he'd done that in real life she'd have pitched him.
Why, there is more real life in one of Gilbert's patter-songs than in half the biographical novels ever written.