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
Ishii says that these scenes give one a surreal, dreamlike, unpleasant feeling.
Guillermo Del Toro has always been a master of finding the joy and emotional center in surreal, even unbelievable situations.
But Murai’s eye and staging and Glover’s performance are together so stylish and surreal that the message is made newly raw. Jarring use of empty space, contrast, and timing keep every frame stark and alive.
The stunning and surreal nature of the America’s absence is now a reality for U.S. soccer fans as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Russia this summer, draws near.
That surreal experience was one of the factors that drove him to spend 20 more years studying belugas and their migration patterns.
But Lynch specifically shoots the rape scenes to be as bizarre and surreal as possible, designed to make the viewer uncomfortable rather than aroused.
From the virgin cocktails to the grandiose plans for sprawling soundstages across the Saudi desert, the week was a sneak preview of what the Saudi-Hollywood relationship might look like: a bit surreal but potentially lucrative.
Later during that long and surreal shift, McCardell and his co-worker, the photographer Bill Hotz, trekked down Harford Avenue.
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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.
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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