• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unreal lacking material form or substance; unreal "as insubstantial as a dream","an insubstantial mirage on the horizon"
    • adj unreal contrived by art rather than nature "artificial flowers","artificial flavoring","an artificial diamond","artificial fibers","artificial sweeteners"
    • adj unreal lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria "ghosts and other unreal entities","unreal propaganda serving as news"
    • adj unreal not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary "this conversation is getting more and more unreal","the fantastically unreal world of government bureaucracy","the unreal world of advertising art"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unreal Not real; unsubstantial; fanciful; ideal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unreal Not real; not substantial; having appearance only; illusive; ideal.
    • unreal Unpractical; visionary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unreal un-rē′al not real: having appearance only, illusive
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.”
  • A Course In Miracles
    A Course In Miracles
    “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”
  • Gertrude Stein
    “The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what America is.”


In literature:

There is a tawdriness about them all, something artificial and unreal.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
In the dim, blue-lit glare it seemed unreal, crazy.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Every step he took was something of an unreality.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Before me loomed the Rockies, strangely unreal in the moonlight and yet very like the mountains of my imagination.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
They were all unreal, everything was, except one thing only, which perhaps was more unreal than all things else.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
A moment of strange whirling unreality.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Resting securely on the reality of experienced truth, he felt the deeper presence of the unreal on every side.
"Thoughts on Art and Life" by Leonardo da Vinci
The unreal creatures that hovered near withdrew to the far side of the room.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Any passionate agitation about the state of their souls they consider unreal and affected.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
And once there came to him a vision which beyond all doubt was unreal.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin

In poetry:

The days that mould us--what are they?
That break us on their whirling wheel?
What but the potters! we the clay
They fashion and yet leave unreal.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Thou lone reality, when O so long
Life's unrealities have wrought us wrong:
Ambition hath allured us--, fame likewise,
And all that promised honor in men's eyes.
"To Santa Claus" by James Whitcomb Riley
Are angel faces, silent and serene,
Bent on the conflicts of this little scene,
Whose dream-like efforts, whose unreal strife,
Are but the preludes to a larger life?
"A Rhymed Lesson (Urania)" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
All that he said unreal seemed and strange,
Too beautiful to last beyond to-morrow;
Then suddenly his features seemed to change,--
The mask of joy dropped from the face of Sorrow.
"Masked" by Madison Julius Cawein
Unreal that form which now hovers around,
Unreal those garments which float on the wind,
Unreal those footsteps that touch not the ground,
Unreal those features, wan vision, I find.
"The Mistress - Versified" by Charlotte Dacre
Should somebody one day knock at your door
Announcing he's an emissary of mine,
Never believe him, nor that it is I;
For to knock does not go with my vainglory,
Even at the unreal door of the sky.
"Should Somebody One Day" by Fernando Pessoa

In news:

There are times when Unreal comes across a story so, well, so unreal that we feel no need to enhance the unreality with our own Unrealistic flourishes.
"The problems today are unreal, especially in the inner city ," Williams said.
The feelings are so deep, so overwhelming and unreal, that its difficult to know just what to say.
"Some of us simply cannot live up to the often unreal expectations of the perfect holiday as portrayed in movies, television and magazines," Dr Benjamin Liptzin, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Baystate Health, said.
Watching the collateral damage of a snow storm is just unreal.
But what a lasting memory… that unreal stretch run at the Preakness will live in the hearts of millions of fans forever.
Unreal Engine 4 Behind Closed Doors at GDC.
Epic Games wowed attendees at the Game Developers Conference last year with its visually impressive Unreal tech demo titled 'Samaritan'.
Deep Inside the Unreal World of Lady Gaga.
A little bit unreal .
Roll up laptop UNREAL .
T he Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov.
' Unreal ': Residents tour Colo. Home / ' Unreal ': Residents tour Colo. By MEAD GRUVERAssociated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
New Candy Offers ' Unreal ' Level Of Halloween Health.
Unreal believes everyone has beliefs.

In science:

All samples unreal part of ac susceptibility (χ1 dergo a paramagnetic to ferromagnetic transition, around the same temperature, which is characterized by a sharp change in susceptibility near the TC .
Selective substitution in orbital domains of a low doped manganite : an investigation from Griffiths phenomenon and modification of glassy features
By contrast, physicists identify them, the differences being gauge-dependent and hence unreal.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
We removed a single bridging oxygen, O1, from both surfaces to avoid formation of an unreal dipole across the slab.
A theoretical analysis of small Pt particles on rutile TiO$_2$(110) surfaces
While these primitives are “unreal” in the sense that they generically are not part of the small space (they are the analogues of i ∈ C), they might enable the simplification of various constructions, e.g., that of picture changing operators.
Democratic Superstring Field Theory: Gauge Fixing
The alternative futures that remain unrealized in the current run are shown in outline.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems