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unreason

[uhn-ree-zuh n] /ʌnˈri zən/
noun
1.
inability or unwillingness to think or act rationally, reasonably, or sensibly; irrationality.
2.
lack of reason or sanity; madness; confusion; disorder; chaos:
a world torn by unreason.
verb (used with object)
3.
to upset or disrupt the reason or sanity of:
The devious plot soon unreasoned the general.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English un-reson. See un-1, reason
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  • Contumely sometimes falls on the unreason the vapidity, the garrulity of medieval discourses, and it is sometimes merited.
  • Rather than fight battles singly, he prefers all-out war on what he sees as unreason.
  • Both movements also swallowed an unhealthy dose of unreason.
  • Of course the variety of subjects that appeal to the unreason of such people is limitless.
  • We retreated in solemnity, lest it stir and the curse of incivility and unreason be upon us for eternity.
  • It breeds ignorance, prejudice, and downright unreason.
  • We stand in a field of sacred cows grazing in a field where the flowers of unreason grow profusely.
  • The mistake here is dividing the world neatly into secular reason and religious unreason.
  • unreason as a consequence of emotions makes regular appearances in philosophical as well as common-sense discourse.
British Dictionary definitions for unreason

unreason

/ʌnˈriːzən/
noun
1.
irrationality or madness
2.
something that lacks or is contrary to reason
3.
lack of order; chaos
verb
4.
(transitive) to deprive of reason
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