from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A 20th-century literary and artistic movement that attempts to express the workings of the subconscious and is characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.
  • n. Literature or art produced in this style.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious.

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  • n. a 20th century movement of artists and writers (developing out of dadaism) who used fantastic images and incongruous juxtapositions in order to represent unconscious thoughts and dreams


French surréalisme : sur-, beyond (from Old French; see sur-) + réalisme, realism (from réalité, realism, from Medieval Latin reālitās, from reālis, real; see real1).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French surréalisme; sur- +‎ realism (Wiktionary)



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  • Surrealism without purpose is like penguins with plastic buckets.

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