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[uhn-ree-al-i-tee] /ˌʌn riˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural unrealities.
lack of reality; quality of being unreal:
the unreality of dreams.
something that is unreal, invalid, imaginary, or illusory:
She appeared to be living in a world of unrealities.
incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters.
Origin of unreality
First recorded in 1745-55; un-1 + reality Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


the quality or state of being unreal, fanciful, or impractical
something that is unreal
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