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realness

noun; other word formation type broadening, extension
an authentic-appearing representation of a particular look, persona or action; often used in drag culture to refer to an accurate impersonation of a particular person or type of person
 
"I’ll be serving Meryl Streep realness. Oscar-worthy."
Etymology : noun formed by adding noun suffix -ness to adjective "real" - 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.
Source : RuPaul's Drag Race (2010)
Last modified: 23 November 2013


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