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English adjective: unreal

1. unreal lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria


SamplesGhosts and other unreal entities.
Unreal propaganda serving as news.


Similardreamed, envisioned, eye-deceiving, fabled, fabricated, fabulous, fancied, fanciful, fantastic, fantastical, fictional, fictitious, hallucinatory, illusional, illusionary, illusive, illusory, imaginary, legendary, make-believe, mythic, mythical, mythologic, mythological, notional, pictured, pretend, trompe-l'oeil, visualised, visualized


See alsoartificial, counterfeit, imitative, insincere, supernatural, unreal, unrealistic


Attributerealism, reality, realness


Antonymsreal, existent

2. unreal not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary


SamplesThis conversation is getting more and more unreal.
The fantastically unreal world of government bureaucracy.
The unreal world of advertising art.


Similardeceptive, delusory, dreamlike, phantom, surreal


Antonymsreal

3. unreal contrived by art rather than nature


SamplesArtificial flowers.
Artificial flavoring.
An artificial diamond.
Artificial fibers.
Artificial sweeteners.


Synonymsartificial


Similararranged, bionic, bleached, cardboard, celluloid, colored, coloured, conventionalised, conventionalized, dummy, dyed, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitation, man-made, near, painted, semisynthetic, simulated, staged, stylised, stylized, substitute, synthetic, synthetic, unlifelike


See alsocounterfeit, imitative, unreal


Antonymsnatural

4. unreal lacking material form or substance; unreal


SamplesAs insubstantial as a dream.
An insubstantial mirage on the horizon.


Synonymsinsubstantial, unsubstantial


Similaraerial, aeriform, aery, airy, ethereal, shadowy, stringy, wraithlike


See alsoimmaterial, nonmaterial


Attributesolidness, substantiality, substantialness


Antonymssubstantial, material, real









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