from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Presenting conditions and especially human relationships accurately; true to life: a true-life romance.

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  • adj. Based on fact, real, true.


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  • I agreed with Heidi Waleson's Sept. 13 review of SF Opera's premiere of Christopher Theofanidis's "Heart of a Soldier," based on a true-life account of a modern hero in Vietnam in 1965 and at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

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  • Mark Wahlberg plays a boxer giving it one last shot in this true-life fable.

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  • They're underrepresented as heroines in true-life stories on the big screen as well.

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  • I have read the true-life story of Somaly Mam, who was a child sex slave, “The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine”, and it is a reality for many children in this world.

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  • Like the nationally infamous Larry Lawrence, the big Democratic donor who invented a story of heroic action in the merchant marine and was briefly interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Daniel Wells had concocted his Vietnam war stories from true-life accounts in books and magazine articles.

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  • "Scotti’s avid, exciting true-life mystery yields intriguing disclosures and reaffirms Mona Lisa’s unique powers."

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  • For a film to aspire to be Oscar-worthy, to become a future classic, and most of all to be true to its true-life subjects, the music under the king's words must be more than emotional aromatherapy.

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  • Modelled on true-life columnist Walter Winchell, Hunsecker possesses "the scruples of a guinea pig and the morals of a gangster".

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  • But this true-life tale of "the guy who chopped off his own arm" is at least an intense, jam-packed experience.

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  • It was, however, a true-life experiment, the kind that really matters.

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