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1. Having qualities attributed to or associated with surrealism: "Even with most facilities shut down ... a few mavericks managed to slip into the park to sample the almost surreal emptiness before the shutdown ended." (Peter H. King).
2. Having an oddly dreamlike quality.
[Back-formation from surrealism.]
sur′re·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
(Art Terms) suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike
(Art Terms) the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism
sur•re•al(səˈri əl, -ˈril)
2. having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic.
sur•re•al′i•ty (-ˈæl ɪ ti) n.
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|Adj.||1.||surreal - characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions; "a great concourse of phantasmagoric shadows"--J.C.Powys; "the incongruous imagery in surreal art and literature"|
unrealistic - not realistic; "unrealistic expectations"; "prices at unrealistic high levels"
|2.||surreal - resembling a dream; "night invested the lake with a dreamlike quality"; "as irrational and surreal as a dream"|
unreal - not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary; "this conversation is getting more and more unreal"; "the fantastically unreal world of government bureaucracy"; "the unreal world of advertising art"