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It was as irrational and surreal as a dream.
  characterized by fantastic imagery, or combinations of things and events that don’t go together
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surreal surrealistic surreally surrealistically
Strongly Associated with:   surrealism
Dreams often have surreal aspects.
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  • It was as irrational and surreal as a dream.
  • But whatever the reason, it felt surreal.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Lords of the surreal.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • It is surreal to be here on the field instead of watching enviously from the stands.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • The entire day was surreal.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • THE WHOLE EVENING is surreal.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • He finds it absurd and surreal that the kids here see him as some sort of symbol, when all he did was survive.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • It is surreal, and I’m not one to misuse the word surreal.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Although she hadn’t noticed it earlier, four other cowboys had surrounded them in the meantime, and Sophia wondered if this whole incident could become any more surreal.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • For some reason that had really struck her when Thomas said it, made what he was about to do all the more surreal and sad.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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  • Like I said, it was so weirdly normal, so shockingly surreal.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The surreal appearance of the school buses.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • You want to see something surreal?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • There was a surreal moment where it was no longer the hollow who was holding Emma but Emma who was holding the hollow, the thing writhing and shrieking below us, the acrid smoke of its burned flesh filling our noses, until finally we had to shout at her to let go, and Emma’s eyes flew open again and she seemed to remember where she was and pulled her hands apart.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I was startled by the intimacy of his letters, but also touched, and it was reassuring to know that there was someone on the outside who understood something about the surreal world I now inhabited.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The surreal whirlwind of the preceding weeks had left Walter devastated.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • At first, Travis had no idea who Molly was—which lent that part of the monologue a surreal quality—but as she continued, he gradually realized that Molly was Gabby’s collie, which he’d noticed her walking occasionally.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • All the flames were tinged with blue, making the scene dreamlike and surreal.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Almost hiding there, though I was sure—even as young and earnest and fearful as I was—it was not just from me; it was from that place and time, the whole picture and small detail, from the homely, dim structure about us, the squalor of the heavy air, from the ennui and restiveness of the entire encampment, the surreally distant war, and then of course from who I was as well.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The dream-like setting is now made more surreal by Sinhalese actors wearing thick velvet costumes, pointed hats, and chain mail in this terrible May heat.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The whole scene has a surreal feel to it.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • After the countless times she’d broken down in her cell, whispering his name in between sobs, it felt surreal to say it to him.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • The hours had become surreal, an island out of time.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It felt surreal, as if the horizon had disappeared beyond the hills.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • It was a surreal moment, a moment of desperation and honesty and, ultimately, what I hoped was love.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • It felt as if she were watching something happening to other people, a surreal drama that had turned into a game of Murder in the Dark.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • It was all so surreal.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The word surreal does not suffice.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • All of it was surrealistic, gray-misted, a spoof of never-never land that had little to do with Yamacraw Island.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Stepping under the shower’s perfect warm spray was already surreal enough without having to hear the click-click-click-beep of Thurmond’s automatic timer to keep my wash time under three minutes.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • "Before I reached this plateau of vocalization," I hear Leslie say, through the surreal delirium of my fatigue, "I could never have said any of those words I’ve said to you.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I rolled over and threw my arms over my head and then—with an airy, surreal jolt—saw that nobody was there.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But after the surreal encounter with the rose, for the first time the descent makes me feel safer.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • This is the most awkward and surreal situation I’ve ever been in.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • The atmosphere was surreal.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The sight was as surreal as one of the abstract Magritte paintings Jocelyn had loved.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The surreal experience with the roomful of books and the stunned, broken woman walked alongside her.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • So I walk off in the other direction, hoping my enemies still lie locked in the surreal world of tracker jacker venom.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Daniel and Gloria exchanged looks and a surreal feeling washed over me.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • The moment felt surreal—no, not surreal, absurd—it had knocked the breath out of me, brought the world around me to a standstill.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Fittingly, the summit was a surreal, malevolent place, an improbably slender wedge of rock and rime no wider than a file cabinet.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • When I look back now, it’s almost surreal.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The whole horrible exchange was surreal for me.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • The tops of the sheer buildings slanted in weird, surrealistic perspective, and the street seemed tilted.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The scene struck me as surreal, like watching yourself in a dream.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Mom gave me an approving look, and again I had that surreal shifting feeling.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • And then afterward, when you go to tell about it, there is always that surreal seemingness, which makes the story seem untrue, but which in fact represents the hard and exact truth as it seemed.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • It was surreal being back at camp, because everything looked so peaceful: no burning buildings, no wounded fighters.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Her long dark hair swept over one shoulder, and her face was gorgeous in that surreal super-model way—thin and haughty and cold, not quite human.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • As I pulled away from the curb, the whole afternoon seemed so strange, surreal.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
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