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[kroh-mat-iks, kruh-] /kroʊˈmæt ɪks, krə-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science of colors.
Also called chromatology.
Origin of chromatics
First recorded in 1700-10; See origin at chromatic, -ics
Related forms
[kroh-muh-tist] /ˈkroʊ mə tɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • chromatics, like little tongues of flame, appear in the accompaniment.

  • Again he becomes almost modern in his employment of chromatics.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • These persons have minor voices, make great use of chromatics in speaking, and their affections seem to be situated in the liver.

  • She weeps and wails in chromatics and scales that quite touch Arsaces.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • See also his article “chromatics” in the supplementary volumes to the 3rd edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

  • These slid into chromatics, rising, beating up to lose themselves in one vast chord of agony supreme.

    Their Son; The Necklace Eduardo Zamacois
  • They made themselves a bed of leaves and lay down; but the chromatics made such a noise that they could not go to sleep.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • These chromatics should be emphasized, as they are a feature of the 129 passage and form gems of harmonization.

  • Presumably the chromatics had reduced the listener to a condition of helpless despair.

    The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • He would not dare keep her in his castle, because the chromatics are such gossips that the whole kingdom would know it at once.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
British Dictionary definitions for chromatics


(functioning as sing) the science of colour
Derived Forms
chromatist (ˈkrəʊmətɪst), chromatologist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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