sur·​re·​al·​is·​tic | \ sə-ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce surrealistic (audio) also -ˌrā- \

Definition of surrealistic

1 : of or relating to surrealism
2 : having a strange dreamlike atmosphere or quality like that of a surrealist painting

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surrealistically \ sə-​ˌrē-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce surrealistic (audio) also  -​ˌrā-​ \ adverb

Examples of surrealistic in a Sentence

It was a surrealistic experience.
Recent Examples on the Web Fred Uhlman, known for his vivid landscapes and surrealistic drawings, and Kurt Schwitters, best known for his collages. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "Novelist Ali Smith Finds Art for All Seasons," 25 Sep. 2020 None of the three made another catch but Keenan Allen, the rock, had a surrealistic grab. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nick Canepa’s Chargers report card: at Tampa Bay," 4 Oct. 2020 Chalayan created a surrealistic optic effect by tracing the edges and complex folds of complex folds of jackets and skirts with a contrasting color line. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Take a Seat and Discover What Made Hussein Chalayan’s Fall 2000 Show the Best Ever," 21 Sep. 2020 Long before the pandemic encouraged the travel sector to go virtual, free-roaming or open-world games — where players can move about more or less without restraint — were taking us into fantastic, surrealistic times and places. Payal Dhar, Washington Post, "Can gaming satisfy our pandemic thirst for travel and adventure?," 3 Sep. 2020 The work of collage artist Martin O’Neill and the animation by Andrew Griffin help to create an atmosphere of surrealistic fantasy around the hard facts of the case. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Love Fraud’ Review: Avenging Exes," 26 Aug. 2020 Coal smoke from power stations surrounding Pyongyang gives its sunsets a surrealistic color-gradient quality (albeit not strictly in the pastel pinks and teals used by Bianchi and Drapic). Lucy Tiven, Washington Post, "A rare glimpse of North Korea," 4 Dec. 2019 The artists have filled their studio spaces with sculpture, dystopian-like yet beautiful paintings of refugee camps, surrealistic visions of nature and, sometimes, works inspired by the graffiti artists outside. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "An artists’ community crops up around Dallas’ unofficial graffiti park, and the neighborhood wants to keep them both," 10 Jan. 2020 Haskell Wexler’s surrealistic and controversial take on the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for ‘Jackie Brown,’ dies at 78," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of surrealistic

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Surrealistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of surrealistic

: very strange
: of or relating to surrealism

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