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surreal

[suh-ree-uh l, -reel]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of surrealism, an artistic and literary style; surrealistic.
  2. having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic: surreal complexities of the bureaucracy.

Origin of surreal

1935–40; back formation from surrealism; see sur-1, real1
Related formssur·re·al·ly, adverbsur·re·al·i·ty [suh-ree-al-i-tee] /sə riˈæl ɪ ti/, noun
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surreal

adjective
  1. suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike
noun
  1. the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism
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Word Origin and History for surreal

adj.

1936, back-formation from surrealism.

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