1. [ 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"

Related terms: real fabulous fanciful fabricated fabricated fabled envisioned dreamed envisioned fantastic eye-deceiving illusional make-believe illusive hallucinatory artificial supernatural unrealistic insincere counterfeit reality
2. [ adjective ] contrived by art rather than nature
Synonyms: artificial

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

Related terms: natural man-made fake ersatz conventionalized painted conventionalised factitious cardboard celluloid arranged near bionic dummy bleached counterfeit
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"

Related terms: real deceptive phantom dreamlike
4. [ adjective ] lacking material form or substance; unreal
Synonyms: insubstantial unsubstantial

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

Related terms: substantial shadowy aeriform paper immaterial substantiality
Similar spelling:   unreality