Dictionary: Surrealism, n. Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.

Encyclopedia: Surrealism. Philosophy. Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principal problems of life.
Salvador Dali was not a surrealist artist. He was kicked out of the movement because surrealism was radical and he refused to condemn fascism.
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Having a dreamlike quality.
"Giraffes and wildebeest were recently sighted attempting to gain entry to a prototype cylindrical toaster left to dry on the roof of Prof. Marleson's New York apartment."
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1. Happenings that when intersected into one's own sphere of reality, strike oneself as surreal or fantastic.
2. A group's consensus reality as it appears to a non-involved individual or group, especially if profound differences exist between the two parties.
1. Meg's conversation with the Amway representative gave her a view into the surreality of vertical marketing schemes.
2. Upon their first visit to the countryside, many urban-dwelling folk are amazed at the archaic surreality still embodied in rural America.
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"Momma, why can't I eat Kraft Mac N' Cheese for breakfast?"
"Shut your mouf, D'Quayshius and eat yo surreal."
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An word unbelievably, unimaginably good person, place, event or thing etc.
When I went to Europe for vacation, I had a surreally good time. There were so many ladies throwing themselves at me and well, you get the rest.
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Popular usage has transformed the word "surreal" into litle more than a synonym for "weird", and so rendered it useless. I'll use "surrealistic" if a film (or any work of art) exhibits mannered mimicking of superficial aspects of the visual style of the original Surrealists between the wars (commonly, cribs from Dali, Magritte, Chirico, Bunuel or Cocteau). In all other cases I prefer more specific terms, like "dreamlike", "Nightmarish" or "Bunuelesque". I'd reserve "surrealist" for the output of members of recognized Surrealist groups.
Everything is so surreal.
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