English Thesaurus
(adjective) 
Definition
actual
No, it wasn't a dream. It was real.
Synonyms
, , ,
concrete
using concrete objects to teach addition and subtraction
, ,
tangible
There is tangible evidence that the economy is starting to recover.
,
honest
It was an honest mistake on his part.
,
factual
Any comparison that is not strictly factual runs the risk of being interpreted as subjective.
, ,
palpable
palpable benefits
,
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal)
,
unimagined
,
(adjective) 
Definition
genuine
the smell of real leather
Synonyms
genuine
They are convinced the painting is genuine.
,
authentic
patterns for making authentic border-style clothing
,
bona fide
We are happy to donate to bona fide charitable causes.
,
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal)
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
rightly so called
his first real job
Synonyms
proper
Two out of five people do not have a proper job.
,
true
He was found to be the true owner of the suitcase.
,
valid
For foreign holidays you will need a valid passport.
,
legitimate
They have demanded the restoration of the legitimate government.
(adjective) 
Definition
genuine
This was the real reason for her call.
Synonyms
actual
They are using local actors or the actual people involved.
,
true
I allowed myself to acknowledge my true feelings.
(adjective) 
Definition
genuine
Their expressions of regret did not smack of real sorrow.
Synonyms
sincere
He accepted her apologies as sincere.
,
true
God's anger could only be averted by true repentance.
,
earnest
Despite their earnest efforts, they failed to win support.
,
genuine
There was genuine joy in the room.
,
unaffected
this unaffected, charming couple
,
heartfelt
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the relatives.
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wholehearted
He deserves our wholehearted support in this matter.
,
untainted
,
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal)
He was a fair dinkum bloke with no pretensions.
,
unfeigned
I could tell from his unfeigned astonishment that he knew nothing.
,
unpretended
(adjective) 
Definition
important or serious
Global warming is a real problem.
Synonyms
serious
I regard this as a serious matter.
,
pressing
There is a pressing need for more funds.
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significant
It is the first drug that seems to have a significant effect on this disease.
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severe
He had a severe look that disappeared when he smiled.
,
urgent
There is an urgent need for food and water.
,
weighty
Surely such weighty matters merit a higher level of debate?
(adjective) 
You must think I'm a real idiot.
Synonyms
complete
He made me look like a complete idiot.
,
right
He gave them a right telling off.
,
total
The car was in a total mess.
I mean I'm not a total idiot.
,
perfect
She behaved like a perfect fool.
,
positive (informal)
He was in a positive fury.
,
absolute
A sick person needs to have absolute trust in a doctor.
,
utter
A look of utter confusion swept across his handsome face.
,
thorough
I was a thorough little academic snob.
,
veritable
a veritable feast of entertainment
,
out-and-out
You're an out-and-out liar.
(adverb) 
(US, informal)  He's been trying real hard.
Synonyms
extremely
The taste of bitterness is an extremely common feature of herbal remedies.
,
very
I am very grateful to you for all your help.
,
really
It was really good.
,
particularly
The pollen count has been particularly high.
,
seriously (informal)
one of the first seriously wealthy rock-star landowners
,
terribly
I'm terribly sorry to bother you at this hour.
,
remarkably
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unusually
this year's unusually harsh winter
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jolly (British)
,
awfully (informal)
That caramel looks awfully good.
,
uncommonly
Mary was uncommonly good at tennis.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of absolute
Definition
total and complete
A sick person needs to have absolute trust in a doctor.
Synonyms
full-on (informal),
thoroughgoing,
unalloyed,
unmixed,
arrant (derogatory),
deep-dyed
in the sense of authentic
Definition
of undisputed origin or authorship
patterns for making authentic border-style clothing
Synonyms
on the level (informal),
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
the real McCoy,
true-to-life,
in the sense of awfully
Definition
very
That caramel looks awfully good.

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