Definition of hyperreal in English:



  • 1Exaggerated in comparison to reality.

    ‘his characters are hyperreal rather than naturalistic’
    • ‘He unfurls a magnificent, painterly canvas, on which 1846 New York is reimagined as a hyperreal wild west of the east.’
    • ‘The shamanistic framework has now become a problem of the hyperreal.’
    • ‘The result is a kind of hyperreal vocal, a vocal that is neither real nor fantasy, original nor copy.’
    • ‘Couple this concept with pervasive Internet access, and we move further towards a hyperreal society.’
    • ‘They were really important to us in terms of understanding participation and how to blend the real and the hyperreal.’
    • ‘But what Baudrillard tirelessly insisted upon was the way in which the hyperreal had invaded and superseded the real.’
    • ‘It's more the case that realistic, heart-rending emotions are simply out of place in the hyperreal Wenders world.’
    • ‘Remember how when comparing two hyperreal numbers we form three disjoint sets: the agreement set, and two order relation sets.’
    • ‘You can tell '77 is a hyperreal event because Momus is there, flanked by Japanese girls and chic fans.’
    • ‘I think it's a form of performance anxiety, hyperreal stage fright if you will.’
    • ‘Because they aren't real people any more they're hyperreal.’
    • ‘It's all embryological, and who knows if and how the US will flow from the natural to the hyperreal to the sacred.’
    • ‘The dizziness of Charlotte's point of view amplifies her hyperreal experience of Tokyo.’
    • ‘It has the creepy, perverse, hyperreal atmosphere of a dream.’
    • ‘Baudrillard's schizophrenic is characterized by a terrifying overexposure to the hyperreal.’
    • ‘Flow operated in an almost hyperreal sense on that day and the weeks that followed.’
  • 2(of artistic representation) extremely realistic in detail.

    • ‘Rankin's work, on the other hand, buys into the well-established tradition of the hyperreal.’
    • ‘Are all our future landscapes headed for the hyperreal?’
    • ‘Its contents were by turns phantasmagorical, hyperreal, surreal, and saturnalian.’
    • ‘With its deep focus and crystal clarity, the movie has a hyperreal ordinariness, with a still-photography aesthetic.’
    • ‘While in D.C., we visited the Hirshhorn Museum and were blown away by a special exhibit of Ron Mueck's hyperreal fiberglass resin figures.’
    • ‘The full-size hyperreal apparition looms above viewers in a frame big enough to climb into.’
    • ‘The story plays out against a gritty, hyperreal New York backdrop that seems to be drenched in a perpetually oppressive, insipid drizzle.’
    • ‘In terms of recording, Millions Now Living is warm and thoroughly blended, as impressionistic as Albini's sound is hyperreal.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the lines of the image become hyperreal as the structural meshes of models metamorphose into overwrought strands of hair - living yet lifeless.’
    • ‘Made of wax, the figures have devolved into effigies that exist in a hyperreal world in which time does not pass.’
    • ‘The glamourisation is helped by gorgeous cinematography, which has the hyperreal sepia glow of a Norwich Union advert.’
    • ‘In the meantime, we have this hyperreal, historicised dream-glimpse - overheated and overacted, but very watchable for all that.’


1970s; from hyper- + real.