surrealism

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noun sur·re·al·ism \sə-ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm also -ˈrā-\

Definition of surrealism

  1. :  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

surrealist

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Origin and Etymology of surrealism

French surréalisme, from sur- + réalisme realism


First Known Use: 1925


SURREALISM Defined for English Language Learners

surrealism

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noun sur·re·al·ism \sə-ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm also -ˈrā-\

Definition of surrealism for English Language Learners

  • : a 20th-century art form in which an artist or writer combines unrelated images or events in a very strange and dreamlike way



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