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
For fans who can’t get enough of the comically surreal alternate reality that is Abbi and Ilana’s New York, there’s The Broad City Coloring Book, out today from Laurence King.
That is the surreal fate of the Poitevent family, owners of a parcel of land in St. Tammany Parish, La., that has been in the family for more than 100 years.
In Tennessee, the show was nothing short of spectacular—even surreal—and the highlight of the spectacle was the unexpected song of the cicadas.
While some poor supermarkets somewhere just learned that their dough load wasn't coming in, the rest of the internet gets to delight in the accident's surreal aftermath.
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.
Playing on the ambiguity of whether its protagonist David (Dan Stevens) is suffering from schizophrenia or developing superpowers, Legion is one of the most surreal, daring, visually innovative new shows of the year.
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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
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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