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 This was my goal as an editor in chief of unreality. Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, "When a Journalist Becomes a Disinformation Agent," 12 Oct. 2020 During the lockdown, our relationship had taken on the honeymoon haze of unreality. Washington Post, "I’m dating a conspiracy theorist. But it feels like I’m the one going crazy.," 16 Aug. 2020 Indeed, there was a sense of slight unreality about the moment. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Weinstein Trial’s Imperfect, Moving Conclusion," 25 Feb. 2020 McTaggart used this clash between the A and B series to argue for the unreality of time as such, perhaps a rather drastic conclusion. Paul Davies, Scientific American, "Time’s Passage is Probably an Illusion," 24 Oct. 2014 The night, not yet too hot, had a fantastic unreality. Jiwei Xiao, The New York Review of Books, "Fearing For My Mother in Wuhan, Facing a New Sinophobia in the US," 6 Apr. 2020 Britain and the European Union begin negotiations over a new trading relationship today, but like in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, a strange unreality hangs over everything. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Unreality of the Next Stage of Brexit," 2 Mar. 2020 Somehow, the Democrats had to attract attention and crack the shield of unreality, to be both riveting and solemn, to find a genre that would match the story and get it across to the audience. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "The Search for Pizzazz at the Impeachment Reality Show," 21 Nov. 2019 In the most unpretentious way possible, Singin’ in the Rain gives an audience the elements necessary for a good musical: carefully established reality and unreality, with smooth transitions between them. Jeanine Basinger, The Atlantic, "Why Singin’ in the Rain Is an Almost Perfect Musical," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unreality

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Oct 2020

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“Unreality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreality. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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