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surrealistic

[suh-ree-uh-lis-tik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of surrealism; surreal.
  2. having features typical or reminiscent of those depicted in surrealistic painting or drawing: the moon's surrealistic landscape.

Origin of surrealistic

1925–30; surrealist + -ic
Related formssur·re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·sur·re·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·sur·re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·sur·re·al·is·tic, adjectiveun·sur·re·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for surrealistic

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Historical Examples

  • That was a possibility which always lurked in the back of his mind, and lately it had been giving him surrealistic nightmares.

    Day of the Moron

    Henry Beam Piper

  • The television set flickered, hummed, gave out a flashing dance of surrealistic doodles, and abruptly presented a picture.

  • On the Tuesday of the second week of what was fast becoming a surrealistic quagmire, I met Isabel.


Word Origin and History for surrealistic

adj.

1930, from surrealist (see surrealism) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper