sur·​re·​al·​is·​tic | \sə-ˌrē-ə-ˈli-stik 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 also -​ˌrā-​ \ adverb

Examples of surrealistic in a Sentence

It was a surrealistic experience.

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Her marvelous lyrics, surrealistic fashion statements and stage antics imply confusion, concern and consternation, without a whisper of condescension. Doug Maccash,, "Attention Hangout Fest: Don't you dare miss Tank and the Bangas," 18 May 2018 Nowadays, it would be considered more like a surrealistic take in the style of Black Mirror. Rachel King, Fortune, "Your Summer Reading List: Page-Turning Novels Set in Politics, Finance, and Tech," 6 July 2018 Some of his most popular works were surrealistic fantasies set in grisly worlds run by totalitarians and conformists. Fox News, "Science fiction author Harlan Ellison dead at age 84," 28 June 2018 Some of Ellison's most popular works were surrealistic fantasies set in grisly worlds run by totalitarians and conformists. Robert Jablon, USA TODAY, "'Star Trek' scriptwriter Harlan Ellison, master of sci-fi literature, dies at 84," 28 June 2018 The style, of necessity, is realistic, impressionistic and surrealistic, with flashbacks, confusion of time sequences and of personality. James Powers, The Hollywood Reporter, "'8 ½': THR's 1963 Review," 26 June 2018 Armed with Photoshop and surrealistic creativity, Mr. Vadukul (pronounced vah-DOO-kull) might use ghostly effects or incorporate allusions, in one case to World War II. Matthew Sedacca, New York Times, "Nitin Vadukul, Inventive Photographer of Hip-Hop, Dies at 52," 8 Mar. 2018 True to a writer who isn’t afraid to be surrealistic, those dreams will transport us into a mystical realm — worlds removed from a set that will prominently feature Ogun’s garage as well as a bus-stop bench and an urban park’s bleachers. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Brothers Size' follows spiritual odyssey of three black men," 16 Feb. 2018 What drew me to Corporate immediately was the dark, biting undertone, coupled with the surrealistic goofs. Kelly Maclean, Los Angeles Magazine, "Three L.A.-Based Indie Comedians Have Gone Corporate," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of surrealistic

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of surrealistic

: very strange

: of or relating to surrealism

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