[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 surreality
Usually the bombs do not fall here, and there is a surreality to it when they do.On Shopping for Gas Masks on a Wednesday
August 30, 2013
There was a sense of camaraderie that came from the surreality of their situation.Mitt's Likability Problem
September 21, 2012
But I'm talking about Washington, where much reality is surreality to begin with.Jobs Numbers: Good for Obama
August 3, 2012
Or maybe I just think that I prefer to mirror the surreality of the world in this way.Lady Gaga and the Bolshoi?
November 11, 2009
- suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike
- the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism
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Word Origin and History for surreality
1936, back-formation from surrealism.
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