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
Recent Examples on the Web Transitions between the trio of Joes often don’t land, only emphasizing the stagy unreality of the show’s three worlds. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 These agricultural facsimiles are beautifully made, yet their unreality is quietly alarming. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 There is a kind of bubble of unreality that goes along with it. Tolly Wright, Vulture, 12 Aug. 2021 As the last troops and equipment trickle out of Afghanistan, an atmosphere of unreality has settled over the government and Kabul, the capital. New York Times, 2 July 2021 Never was the unreality of Younger more apparent than in its final season, which depicts a world in which the coronavirus pandemic has never happened. Maris Kreizman, Town & Country, 16 May 2021 But a year locked up with husband, dog and Netflix creates a strange sense of unreality and vulnerability. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 8 May 2021 That makes Smiley’s fun, light read also something of a more serious literary challenge in characterization: Can a novelist give a novelist human traits, and vice versa, without teetering into unreality? Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2020 The new paper uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study amnesia, along with various other dissociative experiences that are often said to occur in the wake of severe child abuse, such as feelings of unreality and depersonalization. Joshua Kendall, Scientific American, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unreality

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unreality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreality. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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