su·​per·​real | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈrē(-ə)l How to pronounce superreal (audio) \

Definition of superreal

1 : marked by extraordinary vividness The outlines of buildings and people came to him with the superreal crispness of things seen through the lens of his telescope. Colors were so vivid they almost made his eyes water.— Eric Van Lustbader The superreal detailing of life employed in the first two books is matched by dramatic tension and a sense of an overarching struggle with the self …— Stuart Evers
2 : going beyond reality : surreal … but in poems such as "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven," the experience is superreal, or surreal. In this poem, the experience of the landscape is reduced to a kaleidoscopic blur of vivid, pure pigment …— Kirsty Black

First Known Use of superreal

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Superreal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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