un·​re·​al | \ ˌən-ˈrē(-ə)l How to pronounce unreal (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web These four shows, back-to-back, during the album release tour were an unreal ride. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "'Reignwolf 4' Shows Band's Epic Road Run with The Who and Wu-Tang Clan: Exclusive Video Premiere," 18 Oct. 2019 Locked away among mountains, Kyrgyzstan has an unreal storybook quality, a landscape of dizzy passes and plunging valleys. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 12 Oct. 2019 Flip through the photos in Jenner's Instagram post below to get a glimpse of her unreal pad. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Shared a Rare Look at the Inside of Her House and It's More Insane Than We Expected," 5 Feb. 2019 An absolutely unreal winner to set up match point... Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Rafael Nadal tops Marin Cilic at US Open; top women’s seed Naomi Osaka is ousted," 3 Sep. 2019 His 92-rated prime looks unreal, with 93 shooting, 92 pace and 90 dribbling. SI.com, "FIFA 20: Ratings of All-New Icons Revealed Featuring Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba & Pep Guardiola," 3 Sep. 2019 Besson has always been adept at the unreal — like telling a pulpy story about a gorgeous model who’s also a lethal killer. Noel Murray, chicagotribune.com, "‘Anna’ movie review: You’ve seen this female action hero before, in a better version titled ‘La Femme Nikita’," 26 June 2019 Besson has always been adept at the unreal — like telling a pulpy story about a gorgeous model who’s also a lethal killer. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Review: Luc Besson’s slick, over-the-top ‘Anna’ is overshadowed by its creator’s issues," 20 June 2019 But after 70 pages, the story takes a hard turn into the unreal. Nicholas Mancusi, Time, "Mark Haddon's Porpoise Is an Epic Hero's Tale Buoyed by Its Heroines," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of unreal

1605, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of unreal was in 1605

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English Language Learners Definition of unreal

: not real : artificial or fake
informal : very strange or unusual
informal used to describe something that is so good, bad, etc., that it is difficult to believe


un·​re·​al | \ ˌən-ˈrē-əl How to pronounce unreal (audio) \

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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