Synonyms for (adjective) unreal

Synonyms: insubstantial, unreal, unsubstantial

Definition: lacking material form or substance; unreal

Usage: as insubstantial as a dream; an insubstantial mirage on the horizon

Similar words: aerial, aeriform, aery, airy, ethereal

Definition: characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air

Usage: figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away- Thomas Carlyle; aerial fancies; an airy apparition; physical rather than ethereal forms


Similar words: wraithlike, shadowy

Definition: lacking in substance

Usage: strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds- W.A.Butler; dim shadowy forms; a wraithlike column of smoke


Similar words: stringy

Definition: consisting of or containing string or strings


Synonyms: unreal, artificial

Definition: contrived by art rather than nature

Usage: artificial flowers; artificial flavoring; an artificial diamond; artificial fibers; artificial sweeteners

Similar words: arranged, staged

Definition: deliberately arranged for effect

Usage: one of those artfully staged photographs


Similar words: bionic

Definition: having particular physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic or electromechanical components


Similar words: bleached, colored, coloured, dyed

Definition: (used of color) artificially produced; not natural

Usage: a bleached blonde


Similar words: cardboard, unlifelike

Definition: without substance

Usage: cardboard caricatures of historical figures


Similar words: synthetic, celluloid

Definition: artificial as if portrayed in a film

Usage: a novel with flat celluloid characters


Similar words: stylised, stylized, conventionalised, conventionalized

Definition: using artistic forms and conventions to create effects; not natural or spontaneous

Usage: a stylized mode of theater production


Similar words: dummy

Definition: having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function

Usage: a dummy corporation


Similar words: substitute, ersatz

Definition: artificial and inferior

Usage: ersatz coffee; substitute coffee


Similar words: factitious

Definition: not produced by natural forces

Usage: brokers created a factitious demand for stocks


Similar words: fake, false, faux, simulated, imitation

Definition: not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

Usage: it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur; faux pearls; false teeth; decorated with imitation palm leaves; a purse of simulated alligator hide


Similar words: semisynthetic, synthetic, man-made

Definition: not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially

Usage: man-made fibers; synthetic leather


Similar words: near

Definition: closely resembling the genuine article

Usage: near beer; a dress of near satin


Similar words: painted

Definition: lacking substance or vitality as if produced by painting

Usage: in public he wore a painted smile


Synonyms: unreal

Definition: lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria

Usage: ghosts and other unreal entities; unreal propaganda serving as news

Similar words: dreamed

Definition: conceived of or imagined or hoped for

Usage: his dreamed symphony that would take the world of music by storm


Similar words: envisioned, pictured, visualised, visualized

Definition: seen in the mind as a mental image

Usage: the glory of his envisioned future; the snow-covered Alps pictured in her imagination; the visualized scene lacked the ugly details of real life


Similar words: eye-deceiving, trompe-l'oeil

Definition: creating the illusion of seeing reality

Usage: the visual deception of trompe-l'oeil art


Similar words: fabled, legendary

Definition: celebrated in fable or legend

Usage: the fabled Paul Bunyan and his blue ox; legendary exploits of Jesse James


Similar words: fabricated, fancied, fictional, fictitious

Definition: formed or conceived by the imagination

Usage: a fabricated excuse for his absence; a fancied wrong; a fictional character


Similar words: fabulous, mythic, mythical, mythologic, mythological

Definition: based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity

Usage: mythical centaurs; the fabulous unicorn


Similar words: notional, fanciful, imaginary

Definition: not based on fact; unreal

Usage: the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties- F.D.Roosevelt; a small child's imaginary friends; to create a notional world for oneself


Similar words: fantastic, fantastical

Definition: existing in fancy only

Usage: fantastic figures with bulbous heads the circumference of a bushel- Nathaniel Hawthorne


Similar words: hallucinatory

Definition: characterized by or characteristic of hallucination

Usage: the bizarre hallucinatory dreams of fever- Jean Stafford


Similar words: illusional, illusionary

Definition: marked by or producing illusion

Usage: illusionary stage effects


Similar words: illusive, illusory

Definition: based on or having the nature of an illusion

Usage: illusive hopes of finding a better job; Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy


Similar words: make-believe, pretend

Definition: imagined as in a play

Usage: the make-believe world of theater; play money; dangling their legs in the water to catch pretend fish


Synonyms: unreal

Definition: not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary

Usage: this conversation is getting more and more unreal; the fantastically unreal world of government bureaucracy; the unreal world of advertising art

Similar words: deceptive, delusory

Definition: causing one to believe what is not true or fail to believe what is true

Usage: deceptive calm; a delusory pleasure


Similar words: dreamlike, surreal

Definition: resembling a dream

Usage: night invested the lake with a dreamlike quality; as irrational and surreal as a dream


Similar words: phantom

Definition: something apparently sensed but having no physical reality

Usage: seemed to hear faint phantom bells; the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb