Definitions of unreal
  1. adjective
    lacking material form or substance; unreal
    synonyms: insubstantial, unsubstantial
    aerial, aeriform, aery, airy, ethereal
    characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
    shadowy, wraithlike
    lacking in substance
    consisting of or containing string or strings
    immaterial, nonmaterial
    not consisting of matter
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    material, real, substantial
    having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
    derived from or composed of matter
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  2. adjective
    lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
    “ghosts and other unreal entities”
    unreal propaganda serving as news”
    counterfeit, imitative
    not genuine; imitating something superior
    contrived by art rather than nature
    not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material
    conceived of or imagined or hoped for
    envisioned, pictured, visualised, visualized
    seen in the mind as a mental image
    eye-deceiving, trompe-l'oeil
    creating the illusion of seeing reality
    fabled, legendary
    celebrated in fable or legend
    fabricated, fancied, fictional, fictitious
    formed or conceived by the imagination
    fabulous, mythic, mythical, mythologic, mythological
    based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity
    fanciful, imaginary, notional
    not based on fact; unreal
    fantastic, fantastical
    existing in fancy only
    characterized by or characteristic of hallucination
    illusional, illusionary
    marked by or producing illusion
    illusive, illusory
    based on or having the nature of an illusion
    make-believe, pretend
    imagined as in a play
    not realistic
    lacking sincerity
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    existent, real
    being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
    capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary
    echt, genuine
    not fake or counterfeit
    taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated
    actual, factual
    existing in act or fact
    documentary, objective
    emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation
    having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary
    aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are
    open and genuine; not deceitful
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  3. adjective
    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”
    deceptive, delusory
    causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true
    dreamlike, surreal
    resembling a dream
    something apparently sensed but having no physical reality
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    no less than what is stated; worthy of the name
    having all the qualities typical of the thing specified
    rightly so called
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  4. adjective
    contrived by art rather than nature
    synonyms: artificial
    counterfeit, imitative
    not genuine; imitating something superior
    arranged, staged
    deliberately arranged for effect
    having particular physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic or electromechanical components
    bleached, colored, coloured, dyed
    (used of color) artificially produced; not natural
    cardboard, unlifelike
    without substance
    celluloid, synthetic
    artificial as if portrayed in a film
    conventionalised, conventionalized, stylised, stylized
    using artistic forms and conventions to create effects; not natural or spontaneous
    having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function
    ersatz, substitute
    artificial and inferior
    not produced by natural forces
    fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated
    not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article
    man-made, semisynthetic, synthetic
    not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially
    closely resembling the genuine article
    lacking substance or vitality as if produced by painting
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    existing in or produced by nature; not artificial or imitation
    in accordance with nature; relating to or concerning nature
    unbleached, uncolored, undyed
    not artificially colored or bleached
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