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Definitions and Synonyms of unreal | Another word for unreal | What is unreal?

Definition 1: lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unreal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ghosts and other unreal entities
  • unreal propaganda serving as news

(unreal is similar to ...) based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity

"mythical centaurs" "the fabulous unicorn"

(unreal is similar to ...) existing in fancy only

"fantastic figures with bulbous heads the circumference of a bushel"

(unreal is similar to ...) not based on fact; existing only in the imagination

"the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties" "a small child's imaginary friends" "to create a notional world for oneself"

(unreal is similar to ...) marked by or producing illusion

"illusionary stage effects"

(unreal is similar to ...) formed or conceived by the imagination

"a fabricated excuse for his absence" "a fancied wrong" "a fictional character"

(unreal is similar to ...) celebrated in fable or legend

"the fabled Paul Bunyan and his blue ox" "legendary exploits of Jesse James"

(unreal is similar to ...) creating the illusion of seeing reality

"the visual deception of trompe-l'oeil art"

(unreal is similar to ...) seen in the mind as a mental image

"the glory of his envisioned future" "the snow-covered Alps pictured in her imagination" "the visualized scene lacked the ugly details of real life"

(unreal is similar to ...) conceived of or imagined or hoped for

"his dreamed symphony that would take the world of music by storm"

(unreal is similar to ...) based on or having the nature of an illusion

"illusive hopes of finding a better job" "Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy"

(unreal is similar to ...) imagined as in a play

"the make-believe world of theater" "play money" "dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish"

(unreal is similar to ...) characterized by or characteristic of hallucination

"the bizarre hallucinatory dreams of fever"

(means also ...) not realistic

"unrealistic expectations" "prices at unrealistic high levels"

(means also ...) lacking sincerity

"a charming but thoroughly insincere woman" "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

(means also ...) not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material

"supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"

(means also ...) contrived by art rather than nature

"artificial flowers" "artificial flavoring" "an artificial diamond" "artificial fibers" "artificial sweeteners"

(means also ...) not genuine; imitating something superior

"counterfeit emotion" "counterfeit money" "counterfeit works of art" "a counterfeit prince"

(... are attributes of unreal) the state of being actual or real

"the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him"

Definition 2: not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unreal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this conversation is getting more and more unreal
  • the fantastically unreal world of government bureaucracy
  • the unreal world of advertising art

(unreal is similar to ...) causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true

"deceptive calm" "a delusory pleasure"

(unreal is similar to ...) resembling a dream

"night invested the lake with a dreamlike quality" "as irrational and surreal as a dream"

(unreal is similar to ...) something apparently sensed but having no physical reality

"seemed to hear faint phantom bells" "the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb"

Definition 3: lacking material form or substance; unreal - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unreal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • as insubstantial as a dream
  • an insubstantial mirage on the horizon

Synonyms for unreal in the sense of this definition

(unreal is similar to ...) characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air

"figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away" "aerial fancies" "an airy apparition" "physical rather than ethereal forms"

(unreal is similar to ...) lacking in substance

"strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds" "dim shadowy forms" "a wraithlike column of smoke"

(unreal is similar to ...) lacking in substance or character

"a hollow person"

(unreal is similar to ...) consisting of or containing string or strings

(means also ...) not consisting of matter

"immaterial apparitions" "ghosts and other immaterial entities"

(... are attributes of unreal) the quality of being substantial or having substance

Definition 4: contrived by art rather than nature - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unreal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • artificial flowers
  • artificial flavoring
  • an artificial diamond
  • artificial fibers
  • artificial sweeteners

Synonyms for unreal in the sense of this definition

(unreal is similar to ...) having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function

"a dummy corporation"

(unreal is similar to ...) not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially

"man-made fibers" "synthetic leather"

(unreal is similar to ...) not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

"it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur" "faux pearls" "false teeth" "decorated with imitation palm leaves" "a purse of simulated alligator hide"

(unreal is similar to ...) not produced by natural forces

"brokers created a factitious demand for stocks"

(unreal is similar to ...) artificial and inferior

"ersatz coffee" "substitute coffee"

(unreal is similar to ...) lacking substance or vitality as if produced by painting

"in public he wore a painted smile"

(unreal is similar to ...) using artistic forms and conventions to create effects; not natural or spontaneous

"a stylized mode of theater production"

(unreal is similar to ...) artificial as if portrayed in a film

"a novel with flat celluloid characters"

(unreal is similar to ...) without substance

"cardboard caricatures of historical figures"

(unreal is similar to ...) (used of color) artificially produced; not natural

"a bleached blonde"

(unreal is similar to ...) having particular physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic or electromechanical components

(unreal is similar to ...) deliberately arranged for effect

"one of those artfully staged photographs"

(unreal is similar to ...) closely resembling the genuine article

"near beer" "a dress of near satin"

(means also ...) not genuine; imitating something superior

"counterfeit emotion" "counterfeit money" "counterfeit works of art" "a counterfeit prince"

(means also ...) lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria

"ghosts and other unreal entities" "unreal propaganda serving as news"

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