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unreality

[uhn-ree-al-i-tee] /ˌʌn riˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural unrealities.
1.
lack of reality; quality of being unreal:
the unreality of dreams.
2.
something that is unreal, invalid, imaginary, or illusory:
She appeared to be living in a world of unrealities.
3.
incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters.
Origin of unreality
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; un-1 + reality
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  • unreality and mystery begin as soon as one touches the body.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • It is a question not of Reality or unreality, but of greater and of lesser Activity.

    The Prodigal Returns Lilian Staveley
  • The unreality of it—the strangeness of his own sensations—were borne in upon him.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • Horrible, horrible nights; surcharged with the frenzy and unreality of a nightmare.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Before there had been a certain sense of unreality in the whole thing.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for unreality

unreality

/ˌʌnrɪˈælɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being unreal, fanciful, or impractical
2.
something that is unreal
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