from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not real.


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  • It could be said that the "difficult" writers of the 20th century began to experiment with the conventions of poetry and fiction for the same reason that painters in the 20th century began to turn away from the conventions of representation to produce various forms of irreal and abstract art.


  • I like photography as something completely empty, ‘irreal’, as something that preserves the idea of a silent apparition.

    Vitro Nasu » 2007 » March

  • Personally, with my Bizarro texts, I try to test the limits of narrative, create and entertain irreal characters and worlds, represent the absurdity of mediatized society and culture, explore the vicissitudes of unconsciousness and desire, and critique the nature of technocapitalist pseudoreality.


  • Nesta análise, as suspeitas confirmam-se: a tirania da notícia apelativa resume a nossa visão do mundo ao comentário superficial, à distorção estatística, em suma, a uma visão irreal da realidade.


  • The Cube 53:33: a minimalist black-and-white train ride through perception and the irreal that appeared on NBC Experiment in Television in 1969; the absurdity and existentialism examined here remind me of Zoran Zivkovic's fiction.

    the surreal mind of jim henson

  • Baudrillard chama a esta tendência cultural que nos domina a cultura do simulacro e da simulação, a cultura do irreal que se sobrepõe ao real.

    Mais real do que a Realidade

  • Também é algo que nós, que vivemos neste país profundamente irreal, sabemos intuitivamente.

    Irreal, sabemos...

  • The progression continues, with stories slipping back and forth across territory that is real, irreal, and surreal.

    Archive 2005-04-01

  • The ghosts, talking animals, experiences of flying, Gothicism, and the irreal rest in Mason & Dixon are thus symptoms of the resistance to modernization and rationalization.


  • The small landholdings of Hans at Moehra are not real, but irreal estate.

    Luther Examined and Reexamined A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Revaluation


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  • "That's very important," Westerburg said earnestly. "KR-3 is a major breakthrough. Anyone affected by it is forced to perceive irreal universes, whether they want to or not."

    - P.K. Dick, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said.

    March 27, 2012