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surreal

[ suh-ree-uhl, -reel ]
/ səˈri əl, -ˈril /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of surreal

1935–40; back formation from surrealism; see sur-1, real1

OTHER WORDS FROM surreal

sur·re·al·ly, adverbsur·re·al·i·ty [suh-ree-al-i-tee], /sə riˈæl ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for surreal

surreal
/ (səˈrɪəl) /

adjective

suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike

noun

the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism
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