Examples of surreal in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
- 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
The whole thing was completely surreal.
Recent Examples of surreal from the Web
Landing one’s first Grammy nominations can be surreal, and that was definitely the case for Nothing More singer Jonny Hawkins.
However it's spelled, the entire experience is a bit surreal.
The scene, in the wake of the worst terror attack in New York City since 9/11, was surreal, with the kids in costume on the streets, the sirens, and the helicopters in the sky.
And the elevator opens and someone said ‘Is that Claudia Schiffer?’ That moment was surreal.
Those sorts of crossovers to the real world are surreal because there’s like two versions of me.
On the most surreal and embarrassing night in U.S. soccer history, as SI writer Grant Wahl wrote, the U.S. men’s national team lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago and was eliminated from contention for World Cup 2018.
Overnight, the very texture of reality changed, becoming surreal and dystopian, like an episode of Black Mirror or a far too on-the-nose imitation of a Don DeLillo novel.
The alternately surreal and lifelike images, done by illustrator Alyssa Tobias, are at times even more compelling than the band's tunes.
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Did You Know?
In 1924 a group of European poets, painters, and filmmakers founded a movement that they called Surrealism. Their central idea was that the unconscious mind (a concept Sigmund Freud had recently made famous) was the source of all imagination, and that art should try to express its contents. The unconscious, they believed, revealed itself most clearly in dreams. The Surrealist painters included René Magritte, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí, whose "limp watches" painting became the best-known Surrealist image of all. Since those years, we've used surreal to describe all kinds of situations that strike us as dreamlike. And even though the Surrealist movement ended long ago, surrealism now seems to be everywhere—not just in painting, literature, and movies but also in blogs, video games, and graphic novels.
Origin and Etymology of surreal
First Known Use: 1937See Words from the same year
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