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unreality

[uhn-ree-al-i-tee] /ˌʌn riˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural unrealities.
1.
lack of reality; quality of being unreal:
the unreality of dreams.
2.
something that is unreal, invalid, imaginary, or illusory:
She appeared to be living in a world of unrealities.
3.
incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; un-1 + reality
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Examples for unreality
  • Because artificiality leads to a sense of unreality and frustration, unhappiness often results.
  • There was a touch of unreality, a mystery about him from the start.
  • The experience is frequently disconcerting and is often accompanied by a sense of unreality.
  • And yet the story always sustains its air of sunny unreality.
  • But it seems even more so in the film because of the lady's unreality in a completely artificial world.
  • The humorous characterization is joyously exaggerated into caricature,--the serious characterization into romantic unreality.
  • The color is false, but does heighten the sense of unreality to it.
  • There was a distinct moment of unreality when it all happened, and even the teachers didn't know what to say or do.
  • Consequently, much of the speech had an air of unreality about it.
  • To have once imagined and composed fiction, it seemed, laid him under an indelible curse of unreality.
British Dictionary definitions for unreality

unreality

/ˌʌnrɪˈælɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being unreal, fanciful, or impractical
2.
something that is unreal
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