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
The Tories’ long civil war over Europe has entered an almost surreal phase.
The set – consisting of a white wall with doors through which characters emerge – is the screen for their fantasy world of surreal projections.
Ordering a drink at a Utah bar has long been a surreal experience.
That’s the now-legendary episode that spent much of its runtime on a surreal descent into the Black Lodge, and ended with the cliffhanger revealing that Agent Cooper had been replaced by his evil doppelgänger. On network television!
Frida Kahlo’s surreal self-portraits often mirrored her life.
Rowing has a meditative effect, with its rhythmic motion and surreal quiet, apart from breathing, faint splashes, and the whir of the seat rolling back and forth.
Join the masquerade at this surreal post-solstice dance party.
The X Games coming to Boise was a bit surreal for Beeson.
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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
back-formation from surrealism
First Known Use: 1937See Words from the same year
SURREAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surreal for English Language Learners
: very strange or unusual : having the quality of a dream
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