un·re·al | \ ˌən-ˈrē(-ə)l \

Definition of unreal 

: lacking in reality, substance, or genuineness : artificial, illusory also : incredible, fantastic

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Examples of unreal in a Sentence

The town seemed as unreal as a movie set. The fashion model looked unreal, like a doll. I think it's unreal that he survived the accident.
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For me, the show reaches its peak of sublimity in the work of Dustin Yellin, who creates convincing unreal worlds by painting on multiple layers of glass. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 The unreal image offset the omnipresent TV ads of the era for charities seeking contributions for starving African children. Amber Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda: Eddie Murphy's 'Coming to America' turns 30," 29 June 2018 Deshaun Watson, Texans Biggest weakness: Decision making Watson dominated the league during his abbreviated rookie season, but luck had a lot to do with his unreal production. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Every NFL starting quarterback's biggest weakness," 27 June 2018 And Curry was there to talk about reality, a novelty in this most unreal of spectacles. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Reverend Michael Curry's sermon added a glowing moral dimension to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.," 19 May 2018 Holiday has been phenomenal on both ends, saving Game 1 with some unreal defensive stops and winning Game 2 with clutch shots. OregonLive.com, "Trail Blazers links: Is it time to break up the Blazers?," 20 Apr. 2018 Another attorney representing alleged victims, Quoc Ba Van of Sanford, said Alfano promised unreal income from rentals – such as $2,400 per month from a small studio in downtown Orlando. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Real estate Ponzi schemer, Alfano La Cava, pleads guilty," 6 Apr. 2018 While grieving her lover’s suicide, an American flight attendant becomes embroiled in unreal circumstances after falling for a Parisian bartender in director Nathan Silver’s idiosyncratic indie. Nick Schager, Esquire, "Here Are the Must-Stream Movies of March 2018," 28 Feb. 2018 Cases such as these now seem so extraordinary as to be almost unreal to us. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of unreal

1605, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unreal

: not real : artificial or fake

: very strange or unusual

—used to describe something that is so good, bad, etc., that it is difficult to believe


un·re·al | \ ˌən-ˈrē-əl \

Kids Definition of unreal

: not actual or genuine It seemed like a nightmare where everything you take to be … reality becomes unreal. —Laurence Yep, Dragonwings

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