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.
- sur·re·al·ly, adverb
- sur·re·al·i·ty [suh-ree-al-i-tee], /sə riˈæl ɪ ti/, noun
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How to use surreal in a sentence
Among the many things we’ve learned during these surreal times is how to appreciate exploring our own backyards, local parks, and neighborhoods.
There is something surreal about being in the biggest economic downturn since the 1930s, and yet day after day hearing extraordinary stories of business success.Extraordinary stories of business success defy economic downturn | Alan Murray | September 23, 2020 | Fortune
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This fall, what passes for education will be a surreal world of inequality.Public Schools May Be Open in the Fall – to Those Who Can Afford it | Will Huntsberry | August 5, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
More than half a billion years ago, during the Ediacaran Period, a surreal world of life overran the ocean floor.What Is an Individual? Biology Seeks Clues in Information Theory. | Jordana Cepelewicz | July 16, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
“It was a little bit surreal to know that this was unfolding there,” Coren said.
The insurrectionists seemed actors in a surreal episode of revolutionary play-acting in which the curtain was about to fall.
A slow, surreal tide of deformation has appeared throughout the city.
There followed a series of rooms and scenes, showing various horrors or surreal scenes.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights | Tim Teeman | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Fox always manages to push the boundaries and make things just a little surreal.
British Dictionary definitions for surreal
suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike
the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism
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