Adjective "surreal" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/səˈrɪəl/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre.
  1. 'She also has a splendid surreal streak, which she doesn't get to use enough.'
  2. 'The whole episode, he says, had been so surreal he was expecting the strangest of conclusions.'
  3. 'That weird, surreal, juxtaposed image will be one that stays with me forever.'
  4. 'She's also an up-and-coming fiction writer with a penchant for the dark and surreal.'
  5. 'It was strangely haunting and surreal and somehow gave the impression of being French.'
  6. 'It combined multiple monitors in a striking, somewhat surreal sculptural assembly.'
  7. 'The events still seem to have an insanely surreal and improbable edge to them.'
  8. 'The disbelief compounded a bizarre, almost surreal fortnight for the south coast club.'
  9. 'Dining out in Japan is a lot more diverse and surreal than it used to be.'
  10. 'His universe was a bizarre and surreal place but his writing also hinted at serious themes.'

Definitions

1. of, relating 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"images can be surreal in bids."

"villages can be surreal as series."

"atmospheres can be surreal."

"experiences can be surreal."

"turns can be surreal."

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Origin

1930s: back-formation from surrealism.