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[ uhn-ree-uhl, -reel ]


  1. not real reis or actual.
  2. imaginary; fanciful; illusory; delusory; fantastic.
  3. lacking in truth; not genuine; false; artificial:

    unreal propaganda serving as news.


/ ʌnˈrɪəl /


  1. imaginary or fanciful or seemingly so

    an unreal situation

  2. having no actual existence or substance
  3. insincere or artificial

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Derived Forms

  • unˈreally, adverb

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Other Words From

  • un·real·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unreal1

First recorded in 1595–1605; un- 1 + real 1

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Example Sentences

“The composure he’s managed to maintain is unreal,” Pat Cavlin, a meteorologist in Florida, marveled on Twitter.

It was that easy, as spectacular and unreal as Reagan’s Star Wars defense plan to shoot down Soviet missiles from spaceships.

There, brilliant and unreal, the city had its life, as Brownsville was ours.

Instead, we can think about the explosion of attempted 3-pointers, Harden’s unreal efficiency and that both reshaped how every team approaches offense.

She describes her first efforts at awareness in terms of “fleeting memories, if, indeed, they be memories, it all seems very unreal.”

The busy hostile world outside is mystifying and a little unreal.

Everything seems a little intense, vivid, almost unreal, but he seems not to notice.

Stiff cliched characters, unreal situations, and a bit too much autobiography.

This would, Summerscale points out, “render the moment of their intimacy at once real and unreal, a fact and a fiction.”

He put together an unreal show...every performer dedicated his or her music to Whitney.

Even as I looked I saw the features of a human countenance—and yet not human either, so spectral was it, so unreal and strange.

Her own like experiences seemed far away, unreal, and only half remembered.

It was all unreal, as unreal as the baseless fabric of a dream; and yet it was real, wondrously real.

The way seemed perfectly plain, and yet everything seemed intangible, unreal.

Hope had gone, dreams were unreal and vanishing as the mist that crawled along the bog-pools at night.


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