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[uhn-ree-al-i-tee] /ˌʌn riˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural unrealities.
lack of reality; quality of being unreal:
the unreality of dreams.
something that is unreal, invalid, imaginary, or illusory:
She appeared to be living in a world of unrealities.
incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters.
Origin of unreality
1745-55; un-1 + reality Unabridged
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  • 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


the quality or state of being unreal, fanciful, or impractical
something that is unreal
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