Definition of unreason in US English:

unreason

noun

  • Inability to act or think reasonably.

    • ‘That is why democratic theory has always warned against the rule of unreason, against majoritarian designs, against the invocation of divisive strategies.’
    • ‘Dostoevsky's novel is founded on unreason: Dimitri Karamazov submits to being tried for the murder of his father even when he knows himself to be innocent.’
    • ‘It's never easy to put a dream on hold but the state of the British residential property market dictates that the individual home owner should take a hard stand against the forces of unreason.’
    • ‘But progressives must not seek victory by appealing to intolerance and unreason and rejecting the traditions of the Enlightenment that we alone seem to embrace today.’
    • ‘This is not necessarily the triumph of unreason.’
    • ‘The real culprits are the leaders of opinion, who run scared of the fight against unreason instead of standing strong and pushing for what they know to be right.’
    • ‘Medicine and witchcraft, pharmacology and demonology, reason and unreason struck an odd alliance.’
    • ‘It launches him on a search into strange folkways of the Greek mind, that unreason which gave rise to their more admired life of reason’
    • ‘Sanity shadowed by unreason is the theme of another novel about a day in London: Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway.’
    • ‘Condon takes a sympathetic line, though, in his absorbing cine-biography which promotes the view that however muddled he was, Kinsey was brave to try using scientific methods to explain sex in an age of unreason.’
    • ‘Not reason, but unreason is man's primary attribute - not only man's but all western civilization as well.’
    • ‘It's the age of unreason the Left has long predicted.’
    • ‘Like the fascists that they are, the murderers boast that they love death more than we love life. They imagine that this yell of unreason is intimidating and impressive.’
    • ‘Enlightenment values are in peril not because these mad beliefs are really growing but because too many rational people seek to appease and understand unreason.’
    • ‘Of course we must detect, prevent and expunge it as best we can - but it is a monstrous force of unreason beyond arguing with.’
    • ‘How many parents imagine that beyond the frustrations of the teenage years there is some Nirvana without worry or unreason?’
    • ‘Fred Daniels and the reader have completed the modernist journey from reason to unreason, reaching an inevitable and final destination.’
    • ‘The French philosopher is dead, but his legacy lives on in the age of unreason.’
    • ‘Like these literary predecessors, Fred Daniels confronts reason and unreason, rationality and sensuality, society and nature.’
    • ‘It has the power to choose reason over unreason, and truth over fiction.’

Origin

Middle English (in the senses ‘unreasonable intention’ and ‘impropriety’): from un- ‘lack of’ + reason.

Pronunciation

unreason

/ˌənˈriz(ə)n//ˌənˈrēz(ə)n/