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  • noun The state or quality of being unreal.


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unreal +‎ -ness


  • It seems to me that this always means it was predictable that X was/did …, but that, according to the context, it can be applied to either real or unreal situations – the realness or unrealness being explicit in the co-text, or implied in the context, and not inherent in would have done at all.

    C is for Corpus « An A-Z of ELT

  • And as he talked, steadily, interestingly, he was doing what Dag Daughtry never dreamed he was doing, and what made Kwaque, looking on, almost dream he was seeing because of the unrealness and impossibleness of it.


  • Again, the photographs were a reaction to the glitzy unrealness of the fashion photography that Vogue usually featured, but here the extremity of Day's vision provoked outrage and hysterical headlines about the glamorisation of anorexia and hard drug use.

    Corinne Day: she added grit to the glamour of fashion photography

  • Pyramid, and were, as I did hint, always so far off that they were half given over to the fables of the olden days, in the beliefs of the Peoples of the Mighty Redoubt; and set about with an halo of unrealness, for none within the Great Pyramid had ever beheld them with surety.

    The Night Land

  • But yet all to be faint and half hid from me, and mine eyes to be as that they had no power to open, and I to seem to be lifting alway upon strange waters of unrealness.

    The Night Land

  • Still, when I looked more intently, I was unable to say that it was really mist; for it appeared to blend with the plain, giving it a peculiar unrealness, and conveying to the senses the idea of unsubstantiality.

    The House on the Borderland

  • He claimed to be an "intermediatist," one who believes nothing is real and nothing is unreal, that "all phenomena are approximations one way or the other between realness and unrealness."

    The WELL: Althea

  • We conceive of all "things" as occupying gradations, or steps in series between positiveness and negativeness, or realness and unrealness: that some seeming things are more nearly consistent, just, beautiful, unified, individual, harmonious, stable -- than others.

    The Book of the Damned

  • That our whole quasi-existence is an intermediate stage between positiveness and negativeness or realness and unrealness.

    The Book of the Damned

  • We are intermediatists -- that nothing is real, but that nothing is unreal: that all phenomena are approximations one way or the other between realness and unrealness.

    The Book of the Damned


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