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
Definitely being there and being on that stage and behind the wheel instead of watching the wheel from my couch was surreal.
Denis Johnson, 67, the prize-winning fiction writer, poet, and playwright best known for his surreal and transcendent story collection Jesus' Son, has died.
Danny died in the first season but returned in the second in flashbacks and surreal conversations.
Williams, who scored 14 points Thursday, his most this postseason, said the emotions started to hit him on the court as the clock was ticking away, calling it a surreal feeling.
In the 1990s, Ms. Honda made hip, surreal party music as one half of the Japanese-expatriate duo Cibo Matto.
Fast-forward to April 1, 2017, when Cornwell was named a member of the team’s cheerleading squad, and the whole journey still seems a little surreal.
Every episode is going into this crazy, surreal, adventurous plot.
The heart of Sabiston’s surreal, 14-minute Roadhead is the all-original software — as yet unnamed — that the filmmaker developed to create the trippy talking heads that populate the film.
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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: 1937
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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