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surreal

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adjective sur·re·al \sə-ˈrē(-ə)l also -ˈrā-əl\

Simple Definition of surreal

  • : very strange or unusual : having the quality of a dream

Full Definition of surreal

  1. 1 :  marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream; also :  unbelievable, fantastic <surreal sums of money>

  2. 2 :  surrealistic

sur·re·al·i·ty play \(ˌ)sə-rē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
sur·re·al·ly adverb

Examples of surreal

  1. Despite all the hassle, though, I would not want an ordinary name. I know of one other person in the world who shares my name, first and last. I know nothing about her except that she lived in New York at the same time I did, and that she and I subscribed to a few of the same publications. I found myself in the surreal position of having to explain to circulation departments that I was, in fact, me, and not that other version of me on the West Side. —Johnna Kaplan, Newsweek, 3 Mar. 2008

  2. Films aren't just a part of life for people in India; they are a way of life. The over-the-top, surreal dance numbers in nearly every Bollywood film often make no sense in relation to the story, but no one seems to be complaining. —Shashank Samant, The Out Traveler, May/June 2005

  3. The movie achieves a truly rare mix of the absurd, the surreal, and the heartfelt. Improbably, its wacked-out premise and structural hilarity concoct a melancholy meditation on love, loss, and memory, while delivering a message—subversive to our culture's therapeutic optimism—about the tragedy of healing. —Rand Richards Cooper, Commonweal, 23 Apr. 2004

  4. The whole thing was completely surreal.



Origin of surreal

back-formation from surrealism


First Known Use: 1937



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