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[suh-ree-uh l, -reel] /səˈri əl, -ˈril/
of, relating to, or characteristic of surrealism, an artistic and literary style; surrealistic.
having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:
surreal complexities of the bureaucracy.
Origin of surreal
1935-40; back formation from surrealism; see sur-1, real1
Related forms
surreally, adverb
[suh-ree-al-i-tee] /sə riˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for surreal
  • But psychologists and brain scientists have recently renewed their interest in this everyday surreal activity.
  • There was something surreal about the tanks on the square.
  • The city's many strange, surreal places make dining here an almost mythical experience.
  • It feels so surreal as if this flower was actually floating under water.
  • Back on topic and talking of surreal this picture is great.
  • The charges may be surreal, but the sentence will be real enough.
  • It's surreal moving your hand back and forth to navigate menus, launch apps or perform other functions.
  • It's such a surreal thing that you don't even believe what you're hearing.
  • surreal scenes from the entertainment industry's annual spring event.
  • Your flight may seem apocalyptic and surreal after the oxygen masks drop but the scariest moments may actually be good signs.
British Dictionary definitions for surreal


suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike
the surreal, the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism
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Word Origin and History for surreal

1936, back-formation from surrealism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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