sur·​re·​al·​ism | \ sə-ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce surrealism (audio) also -ˈrā- \

Definition of surrealism

: the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations

Other Words from surrealism

surrealist \ sə-​ˈrē-​ə-​list How to pronounce surrealism (audio) also  -​ˈrā-​ \ noun or adjective

Examples of surrealism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web FeBland blends surrealism with observations from ordinary life. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 7 May 2022 Her work combines surrealism and French erotic art. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 An overwhelming majority of the participants are women, and surrealism, cyborgism, and animal and plant life are key themes. Jason Farago, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 This kind of leeway is essential for high-concept series like Atlanta and Russian Doll, which swerve between reality and surrealism, propelled by heady ideas about identity, history, and time, and would be doomed by an imperative to churn. Judy Berman, Time, 15 Apr. 2022 Yet Loznitsa’s film—which finally gets a U.S. release today—perfectly captures the propagandistic surrealism of 21st-century warfare. David Sims, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2022 That’s probably because no other show on TV is doing the thing that Atlanta does, with its doses of humor, surrealism, horror, travelogue and hip-hop as genre-blending starting points for an uncomfortable exploration of racial identity in America. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2022 Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion used part of the band’s acceptance speech for group of the year to mention the surrealism of life going on as usual while atrocities are being committed overseas. Chris Willman, Variety, 8 Mar. 2022 After a four-year hiatus that saw Atlanta's chaotically downbeat social surrealism become the real world's status quo, one of the greatest TV shows ever is finally returning. Darren Franich,, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of surrealism

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surrealism

French surréalisme, from sur- + réalisme realism

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“Surrealism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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