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surrealistic

[suh-ree-uh-lis-tik] /səˌri əˈlɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of surrealism; surreal.
2.
having features typical or reminiscent of those depicted in surrealistic painting or drawing:
the moon's surrealistic landscape.
Origin of surrealistic
1925-1930
1925-30; surrealist + -ic
Related forms
surrealistically, adverb
nonsurrealistic, adjective
nonsurrealistically, adverb
unsurrealistic, adjective
unsurrealistically, adverb
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  • That was a possibility which always lurked in the back of his mind, and lately it had been giving him surrealistic nightmares.

    Day of the Moron Henry Beam Piper
  • The television set flickered, hummed, gave out a flashing dance of surrealistic doodles, and abruptly presented a picture.

  • On the Tuesday of the second week of what was fast becoming a surrealistic quagmire, I met Isabel.

    The Capgras Shift Sam Vaknin
Word Origin and History for surrealistic
adj.

1930, from surrealist (see surrealism) + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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