[suh-ree-uh l, -reel]
- of, relating to, or characteristic of surrealism, an artistic and literary style; surrealistic.
- having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic: surreal complexities of the bureaucracy.
Origin of surreal
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Examples from the Web for surreal
The insurrectionists seemed actors in a surreal episode of revolutionary play-acting in which the curtain was about to fall.East Ukraine: Back in the USSR
November 19, 2014
A slow, surreal tide of deformation has appeared throughout the city.Silicon Valley Mansions, Swallowed Alive
November 8, 2014
There followed a series of rooms and scenes, showing various horrors or surreal scenes.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights
October 7, 2014
It must be surreal to be working on a movie in the Rocky franchise and have Sylvester Stallone actually be there.Michael B. Jordan: Playing a Black Superhero in 'Fantastic Four' Is a 'Huge Responsibility'
September 28, 2014
The artists are no stranger to the whimsical and the surreal.New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece
September 22, 2014
- suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike
- the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism
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Word Origin and History for surreal
1936, back-formation from surrealism.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper