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derealization Line breaks: de|real|iza¦tion
Pronunciation: /diːˌrɪəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also derealisation)

Definition of derealization in English:


[mass noun]
A feeling that one’s surroundings are not real, especially as a symptom of mental disturbance.
Example sentences
  • Part of it measures five symptom areas: amnesia, depersonalization, derealization, identity confusion, and identity alteration.
  • Other potential symptoms include acusis, synesthesia, tactile paresthesias, illusions, distortions of body image, derealization, depersonalizations, and mood disturbances.
  • Other aspects include dealing with derealization / dissociation, idealization/devaluation, harsh self-evaluation, and anxiety and depression.


Example sentences
  • A provisional answer would be the rejected one: a return to the particulars of everyday life, to an experience that had been abstracted and derealized in the horizon of language.
  • While we may strive for authenticity in our personal lives, this is no longer possible in contemporary visual culture: any attempt to do so will be derealized by the real virtuality of hyper-realism.
  • Meanwhile, the stories we continue to tell are derealized.
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