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An artistic and literary movement characterized by extreme realism.

su′per·re′al, su′per·re′al·is′tic adj.
su′per·re′al·ist n.
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(Art Movements) another name for surrealism
ˌsuperˈrealist n, adj
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Surrealism, Superrealism

a controversial movement in art and literature between the two World Wars in which the artist attempted to portray, express, or interpret the workings of the subconscious mind; in painting it found expression in two techniques, the naturalistic (Dali) and the abstract (Miró). — Surrealist, n.Surrealistic, adj.
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