unreality

noun
un·​re·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌən-rē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce unreality (audio) \

Definition of unreality

1a : the quality or state of being unreal : lack of substance or validity
b : something unreal, insubstantial, or visionary : figment
2 : ineptitude in dealing with reality

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Examples of unreality in a Sentence

a sci-fi author who seems to have preferred the unrealities of his own fiction to the realities of the world about him

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More generally, the resemblance comes from the interweaving of unnerving unreality with even more unnerving reality. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "A sense of dislocation in ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’," 13 June 2019 Their determinedly anachronistic costumes (are some of the zealots wearing Lycra?) add to the unreality; the sense that Jesus Christ Superstar is as much an aesthetic (and commercial) exercise as any of Webber’s other creations. Marley Marius, Vogue, "The 5 Campiest Musicals Ever Made," 27 Apr. 2019 Outside San Francisco’s 49 square miles of unreality, economies like those of Europe have a social safety net to dampen the hardships for the lower classes. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System," 9 July 2018 Eventually a miasma of unreality comes to pervade the book. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, "‘The Trust of the Reader Is Distrusted by Roth’," 24 May 2018 These could be flashes of light, geometric shapes, distortions of faces, auditory or visual hallucinations, a feeling of familiarity or unreality, the urge to move a specific limb, and so on. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 Reitman, Cody and Theron all work to convey that middle-of-the-night feeling, the broken stillness and the drudgery, and hovering over it all, some vague sense of unreality. Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: ‘Tully’ is mixed results for Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody and Charlize Theron reunion," 4 May 2018 His controlled style set against cold interiors, juxtaposed with the near mythical disappearance of the boy, highlights the unreality of the situation and draws attention to the film’s metaphorical power. Katie Walsh, idahostatesman, "Bleak ‘Loveless’ is a call for empathy | Idaho Statesman," 19 Apr. 2018 The air of unreality is further deepened by a soundtrack heavy on percussion, shown throughout the film to be played by drummers in a gym with a basketball hoop dressed as if for sumo wrestling. Christian Lorentzen, The New Republic, "The earnest, ironic stylings of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unreality

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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