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unreal

[uhn-ree-uh l, -reel] /ʌnˈri əl, -ˈril/
adjective
1.
not real or actual.
2.
imaginary; fanciful; illusory; delusory; fantastic.
3.
lacking in truth; not genuine; false; artificial:
unreal propaganda serving as news.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; un-1 + real1
Related forms
unreally, adverb
Synonyms
sham, spurious, fictitious, illusive, theoretical, impractical, vague.
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  • Chimerical is defined as unreal, imaginary, or wildly fanciful.
  • It is instead a memoir of thinly veiled or nonexistent people wandering through a desolate and unreal landscape.
  • Two of the professors admit that their unreal students teeter on an ethical precipice, because the technique could be abused.
  • It was unreal-an entire city had been reduced to rubble.
  • It is as essential to surmount a consciousness of an unreal freedom and to recognise a dependence not perceived by our senses.
  • We are in a process of sorting out the real from the unreal, that is the warring in our members.
  • Let's suppose you actually got a lot of funny, unreal images.
  • It is unreal how relatively smart scientifically-inclined individuals cannot see this difference.
  • It has something unreal for his companion, until he too has substantiated it.
  • And the beauty of nature must always seem unreal and mocking, until the landscape has human figures, that are as good as itself.
British Dictionary definitions for unreal

unreal

/ʌnˈrɪəl/
adjective
1.
imaginary or fanciful or seemingly so: an unreal situation
2.
having no actual existence or substance
3.
insincere or artificial
Derived Forms
unreally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unreal
adj.

c.1600, "not real," from un- (1) "not" + real (adj.). Slang sense of "wonderful, great" is first recorded 1965.

Hence horrible shadow, Vnreall mock'ry hence. ["Macbeth," III.iv.107]

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Slang definitions & phrases for unreal

unreal

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; great: Like great. She's real unreal (1965+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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