un·​rea·​son | \ ˌən-ˈrē-zᵊn How to pronounce unreason (audio) , ˈən-ˌrē- \

Definition of unreason

: the absence of reason or sanity : irrationality, madness

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Recent Examples on the Web With its double binds and reversals, life in a pandemic feels beholden to dream logic, to the unreason of lying awake in the dark. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Late-Night Revelations in a Memoir of Insomnia," 4 June 2020 There’s a lot of collective anguish lurking under all the electronic flame-throwing, bizarre behavior on campus, and other manifestations of social unraveling and descent into unreason. Nr Interview, National Review, "Identity Politics Runs Much Deeper than Politics," 27 Aug. 2019 An answer to the mystery is found both in folklore (the emperor’s new clothes) and in the pioneering work of Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky and others in behavioral economics, which points to the economic basis of much characteristic human unreason. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Electric Cars and Media Explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Social media is no small force behind the present age of unreason and disharmony. Alexander Heffner, Time, "The American Historical Record Includes Court Cases, Famous Speeches—And Trump’s Tweets. Here’s Why That Matters," 2 July 2018 With reason in the service of unreason, killings were done with industrial efficiency. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Diary of Anne Frank' at People's Light: A girl grows up, and horror descends," 27 Feb. 2018 While Newton and Locke were ushering in an Age of Reason in Europe, over in America unreason was taking new seductive forms. Hanna Rosin, New York Times, "Fake News: It’s as American as George Washington’s Cherry Tree," 5 Sep. 2017 Small wonder some white people retreat into bunkers of unreason and fear. Author: Leonard Pitts, Alaska Dispatch News, "Once again, GOP reaps what it sows," 19 Aug. 2017 Kurt Andersen has engaged in a great degree of magical thinking of his own, trying to make a connection between Christianity and his perception of unreason in American dialogue. Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic, "The Conversation," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of unreason

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Unreason.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreason. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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