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Outer vs Reality - What's the difference?

outer | reality |

As nouns the difference between outer and reality

is that outer is an outer part or outer can be someone who admits to something publicly while reality is the state of being actual or real.

As an adjective outer

is outside; external.



Etymology 1

Comparative of out by analogy with inner.


  • Outside; external.
  • Farther from the centre of the inside.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall. Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.}}
    * inner


    (en noun)
  • An outer part.
  • *
  • The part of a target which is beyond the circles surrounding the bullseye.
  • A shot which strikes the outer of a target.
  • (wholesale trade) the smallest single unit normally sold to retailers, usually equal to one retail display box.
  • We ordered two cartons with twelve outers in each.

    Derived terms

    * outer space * outerness

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • Someone who admits to something publicly.
  • Someone who outs another.
  • One who puts out, ousts, or expels.
  • An ouster; dispossession.
  • Anagrams

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  • The state of being actual or real.
  • :
  • *(Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • *:A man fancies that he understands a critic, when in reality he does not comprehend his meaning.
  • *
  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish,I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Joseph Stiglitz)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=19, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Globalisation is about taxes too , passage=It is time the international community faced the reality : we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today
  • A real entity, event or other fact.
  • :
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:And to realities yield all her shows.
  • *(James Beattie) (1735-1803)
  • *:My neck may be an idea to you, but it is reality to me.
  • The entirety of all that is real.
  • An individual observer's own subjective perception of that which is real.
  • (lb) Loyalty; devotion.
  • *(Thomas Fuller) (1606-1661)
  • *:To express our reality to the emperor.
  • Realty; real estate.
  • Synonyms

    * actuality * real world

    Derived terms

    * reality check * reality show * reality television * virtual reality

    See also

    * tao


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