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[ahr-tis-tik] /ɑrˈtɪs tɪk/
conforming to the standards of art; satisfying aesthetic requirements:
artistic productions.
showing skill or excellence in execution:
artistic workmanship.
exhibiting taste, discriminating judgment, or sensitivity:
an artistic arrangement of flowers; artistic handling of a delicate diplomatic situation.
exhibiting an involvement in or appreciation of art, especially the fine arts:
He had wide-ranging artistic interests.
involving only aesthetic considerations, usually taken as excluding moral, practical, religious, political, or similar concerns:
artistic principles.
of art or artists:
artistic works.
of, like, or thought of as characteristic of an artist:
an artistic temperament.
Also, artistical.
Origin of artistic
First recorded in 1745-55; artist + -ic
Related forms
artistically, adverb
interartistic, adjective
nonartistic, adjective
nonartistical, adjective
nonartistically, adverb
preartistic, adjective
pseudoartistic, adjective
pseudoartistically, adverb
quasi-artistic, adjective
quasi-artistically, adverb
unartistic, adjective
unartistically, adverb
Can be confused
artistic, autistic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is no gradation in his giving, and none in his fall; no artistic crescendo.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • It is, if I can fully attain to it, the ultimate realisation of the artistic life.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • Humility, like the artistic, acceptance of all experiences, is merely a mode of manifestation.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • But the sympathy of the artistic temperament is necessarily with what has found expression.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • She will agree that I know when colors are right and a thing is artistic.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for artistic


of or characteristic of art or artists
performed, made, or arranged decoratively and tastefully; aesthetically pleasing
appreciative of and sensitive to beauty in art
naturally gifted with creative skill
Derived Forms
artistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for artistic

1753, from French artistique, from artiste (see artist). Native artist-like was recorded from 1711; artistly from 1754; artistical from 1801. Related: Artistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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