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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Ms Rosenblum and Mr Muirhead: The new conspiracism obliterates nuance and judgment and replaces it with a distorted unreality in which some things are wholly good and others (say, Hillary Clinton) wholly evil. N.c., The Economist, "Conspiracy theories are dangerous—here’s how to crush them," 12 Aug. 2019 Even ordering them provoked a mild sensation of unreality; before checkout, there were options to pay via cryptocurrency or make a donation to a psychedelic research center that treats PTSD. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 The judge didn’t decide whether Wright is Satoshi The entire case has an air of unreality because Reinhart's ruling doesn't address the most important question: do the bitcoins exist at all? Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge savages self-proclaimed bitcoin inventor Craig Wright," 28 Aug. 2019 Cloud Nine,’’ presently receiving a first-class production by Nora Theatre Company under the perceptive direction of Lee Mikeska Gardner, that unreality takes the form of an experiment with the mutable properties of time. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "The sun sets on the British empire in Nora Theatre Company’s ‘Cloud Nine’," 20 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

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First Known Use of unreality

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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