sur·​re·​al·​is·​tic sə-ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce surrealistic (audio)
 also  -ˌrā-
: of or relating to surrealism
: having a strange dreamlike atmosphere or quality like that of a surrealist painting
surrealistically adverb

Examples of surrealistic in a Sentence

It was a surrealistic experience.
Recent Examples on the Web Other highlights are painstakingly intricate drawings and prints by Linn Meyers (abstract) and Ben Tolman (surrealistic), and Frank Stewart’s photo of jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal with an intent expression and his keyboard reflected in his glasses. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 In June of last year, Runway's Gen2 video synthesis model enabled the creation of two-second video clips from text prompts, fueling the creation of surrealistic parody commercials. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024 His fiction is routinely described as surrealistic, but that misses the point. Patrick Kurp, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2024 Madonna certainly wasn’t tired, and that was the point of the whole show, a tour-de-force of some of her biggest hits paired with surrealistic visuals that didn’t end until 1 a.m. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 14 Dec. 2023 Sakura has honed her unique style — a blend of realistic and surrealistic, and influenced by artists such as Georges Seurat, Gustav Klimt, Monet and Picasso — with the support of Creativity Explored over the last 12 years. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 Tunnel contains seven songs that feature Beckerman’s velvety vocals backed by instruments ranging from violin to saxophone, creating a cozy, surrealistic landscape of sound. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 Somewhat surrealistic visuals played on the screen, complementing the song. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2023 On either side of the 46-year-old guitarist, who performed solo, were large-scale projections from the singer's album art depicting colorful surrealistic landscapes. Monica Hooper, Arkansas Online, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of surrealistic was in 1925

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“Surrealistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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