Definition of surreal in English:


Syllabification: sur·re·al
Pronunciation: /səˈrēəl


Having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre: a surreal mix of fact and fantasy
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  • It combined multiple monitors in a striking, somewhat surreal sculptural assembly.
  • The disbelief compounded a bizarre, almost surreal fortnight for the south coast club.
  • His universe was a bizarre and surreal place but his writing also hinted at serious themes.
unreal, bizarre, unusual, weird, strange, freakish, unearthly, uncanny, dreamlike, phantasmagorical


1930s: back-formation from surrealism.



Pronunciation: /ˌsərēˈalitē/
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  • The war novel contains an element of surreality in order to deny the horror.
  • This form allows the audience to experience a transition twice, from reality to surreality at the beginning of the play's second half and from surreality back to reality at the end of the final dance.
  • His present work concerns itself with the surreality of living in urban dystopias that is experienced on a collective level.


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  • The subjects are surreally grouped together, with no clear spatial relationships among them.
  • In the first few pages, however, there are intriguing hints that this book might be about to hurtle surreally into the territory of magical realism.
  • Matt Dillon is as surreally handsome in person as he is on screen.

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