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sur·re·al

 (sə-rē′əl)
adj.
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.
sur·re′al·ly adv.

surreal

(səˈrɪəl)
adj
(Art Terms) suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike
n
(Art Terms) the surreal the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism

sur•re•al

(səˈri əl, -ˈril)

adj.
2. having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic.
[1935–40]
sur•re′al•ly, adv.
sur•re•al′i•ty (-ˈæl ɪ ti) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
Translations
epätodellinen

surreal

[səˈrɪəl] ADJsurreal, surrealista

surreal

[səˈriːəl] adjsurréel(le)

surreal

adjunwirklich

surreal

[səˈrɪəl] adj (unreal) → surreale; (strange) → bizzarro/a
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