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

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 also  -​ˌrā-​ How to pronounce surrealistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of surrealistic in a Sentence

It was a surrealistic experience.
Recent Examples on the Web Fornés’s surrealistic style, like Beckett’s or Ionesco’s, favors quips and epigrams. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: The Many Unusual Stages of ‘Fefu and Her Friends’," 24 Nov. 2019 Critics and art historians say his work also had pre-Columbian and surrealistic influences. Richard Chang, Daily Pilot, "Rufino Tamayo exhibition pushes the boundaries of print at the Bowers Museum," 10 Oct. 2019 Sue Shefman's collection of more than 2,000 hippo objects and hippo memorabilia adorn her Hippolotofus Home, while Taylor Rebel's home, deemed The Art Lair, is decked out with surrealistic art. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Hippo objects, wooden car among things you'll spot on Houston Weird Home Tour," 25 Sep. 2019 Some of the poles bristling around and above the virgin form a surrealistic cross in a glittering fantasy reminiscent of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. Tom Noel, The Know, "9 odd places that you should include on a Colorado road trip, from a giant hot dog to fake cliff dwellings," 25 Aug. 2019 The goofy rom-com vibe gives way to a more serious and more surrealistic final chapter in which Emi has a reckoning with herself, with love and with death. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘Hot Asian Doctor Husband’ really funny, but needs streamlining," 18 Aug. 2019 The material about Ailes’s abuse in the seven episodes is less successful that the creation of Fox; the scenes of Ailes taking advantage of those who worked for him are overbaked and, at times, oddly surrealistic. Matthew Gilbert,, "‘Loudest Voice’ is worth a shout-out for news about Fox," 12 Aug. 2019 The Rays likely will provide some clarity at a sure-to-be entertaining media session Tuesday that’s being held for some deep-thinking reasons at the surrealistic Dali Museum along that downtown St. Petersburg waterfront. Marc Topkin,, "The Rays’ Montreal Plan: A peek behind the curtain," 23 June 2019 Regardless, the master plan will be unveiled Tuesday in the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete, a surrealistic location for an idea that’s probably years ahead of its time. Paul Sullivan,, "A modest proposal: Instead of Montreal, move the Rays to the South Side for half a season," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of surrealistic

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Nov 2019

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“Surrealistic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of surrealistic

: very strange
: of or relating to surrealism

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