un·​rea·​son ˌən-ˈrē-zᵊn How to pronounce unreason (audio)
: the absence of reason or sanity : irrationality, madness

Examples of unreason in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like many politicians, Khan is trying to reason with a maelstrom of unreason. Peter Guest, WIRED, 26 Mar. 2024 My piece began, For years, many of us have noted and analyzed the phenomenon of Bush hatred — and all the unreason, hysteria, and meanness packed into it. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 12 May 2023 The slaughter of 20 million people grotesquely buttressed his insistence that conscious rationality co-exists with aggressive unreason and his skepticism toward naïve narratives of inevitable social and technological progress. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, 1 Sep. 2022 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, 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, 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, 6 Nov. 2018 Social media is no small force behind the present age of unreason and disharmony. Alexander Heffner, Time, 2 July 2018 With reason in the service of unreason, killings were done with industrial efficiency. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, 27 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unreason was in 1827

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“Unreason.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreason. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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