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

Other Words from surrealistic

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 Contemporary North African atmospheres rendered through a surrealistic aesthetic, bodies embraced by clothes set against desert landscapes, and Western brands isolated from their usual context or, by contrast, reimagined in mesmerizing patterns. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 6 June 2022 Russell also had sprinter’s speed, once running the 440 in 49.6 seconds, and longtime teammate K.C. Jones (from both USF and the Celtics) loved to tell stories of his surrealistic chase-down blocks, turning apparent layups into explosive rejections. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2022 Chen, who is bravely wading into the commercial aspects of the market, gifted her guests a key festooned with flies (a nice surrealistic touch). Vogue, 8 Apr. 2022 For every TikTok account that exclusively posts dreamy, surrealistic landscapes—and there are some; the app is not devoid of these videos—there are many more people like Bushman: folks who enjoy the outdoors; hikers, birders, or travelers. Outside Online, 10 June 2021 Other times, Sutton conveys Cole’s state of mind through surrealistic touches, like a phone conversation that Cole experiences as a performance to a laughing crowd. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2022 When Tony and Maria see each other at the dance in the original, the entire gym goes out of focus, leaving them with a surrealistic kind of tunnel vision for each other. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2021 In addition to his rugs, Hefti created a surrealistic curtain with facial parts floating in woodlands and poufs upholstered with fabrics pulsating with psychedelic colors, all of which are now installed in his living room. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 And Albanian photographer Gjon Mili used stop action to create a surrealistic image with multiple exposures in his 1940 picture of a female torso. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 28 Jun. 2022.

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