Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A literary and artistic movement of the 1900s that attempts to express the workings of the subconscious and is characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.
  • noun Literature or art produced in this style.

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  • noun 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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  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[French surréalisme : sur-, beyond (from Old French; see sur–) + réalisme, realism (from réalité, realism, from Medieval Latin reālitās, from reālis, real; see real).]

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From French surréalisme; sur- +‎ realism

Examples

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  • Surrealism without purpose is like penguins with plastic buckets.

    June 6, 2008