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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


3. unreal contrived by art rather than nature

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


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


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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