[ uhn-ree-al-i-tee ]
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noun,plural un·re·al·i·ties.
  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.

  1. incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters.

Origin of unreality

First recorded in 1745–55; un-1 + reality

Words Nearby unreality

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How to use unreality in a sentence

  • Like the elaborately choreographed escape from default, it was a signal moment of Washington unreality, more farce than tragedy.

    Washington’s Earthquake Farce | Howard Kurtz | August 24, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • With that kind of unreality, people lose sight of little brains versus adult brains.

    Tatum O'Neal Opens Up | Marlow Stern | June 15, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The sense of unreality which the twenty pounds had roused in Mr. Travers' cautious British mind grew.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Even the English grass, bright green in midwinter, only added to the sense of unreality.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Climbing out of the train Stanton stood for a second rubbing his eyes at the final abruptness and unreality of it all.

    Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • After long hesitation literature and art finally turned from unreality and convention, and drew inspiration direct from nature.

  • Still hesitating as to our next move, we stand there in the white glare, while a sensation of strange unreality creeps over us.

British Dictionary definitions for unreality


/ (ˌʌnrɪˈælɪtɪ) /

  1. the quality or state of being unreal, fanciful, or impractical

  2. something that is unreal

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