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surreal

[suh-ree-uh l, -reel] /səˈri əl, -ˈril/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of surrealism, an artistic and literary style; surrealistic.
2.
having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:
surreal complexities of the bureaucracy.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; back formation from surrealism; see sur-1, real1
Related forms
surreally, adverb
surreality
[suh-ree-al-i-tee] /sə riˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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surreal

adj.

1936, back-formation from surrealism.

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