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impressionist

[im-presh-uh-nist]
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noun
  1. a person who follows or adheres to the theories, methods, and practices of impressionism, especially in the fields of painting, music, or literature.
  2. an entertainer who does impressions.
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adjective
  1. (usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. of, relating to, or characteristic of Impressionism: Impressionist paintings; Impressionist artists.
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Origin of impressionist

From the French word impressionniste, dating back to 1875–80. See impression, -ist
Related formsim·pres·sion·is·tic, adjectiveim·pres·sion·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·im·pres·sion·is·tic, adjectivesem·i-im·pres·sion·is·tic, adjective
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  • Thus wrote some enthusiastic critics of the impressionist school.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • For the others, Ludlow was at that day too fanatical an impressionist to care.

    The Coast of Bohemia

    William Dean Howells

  • “It is a new style of the impressionist which I began this morning,” soberly.

  • In truth, Mark Twain was an impressionist, rather than an imaginative artist.

    Mark Twain

    Archibald Henderson

  • There was no mistaking Léontine's description, which was impressionist to a degree.


British Dictionary definitions for impressionist

impressionist

noun
  1. (usually capital) any of the French painters of the late 19th century who were exponents of impressionism
  2. (sometimes capital) any artist, composer, or writer who uses impressionism
  3. an entertainer who impersonates famous people
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adjective
  1. (often capital) denoting, of, or relating to impressionism or the exponents of this style
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Derived Formsimpressionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for impressionist

as a style of painting aiming to represent overall impressions rather than exact details, first attested in English 1876 (adjective and noun), coined in French 1874 by French critic Louis Leroy ("école impressionniste") in a disparaging reference to Monet's sunset painting "Impression, Soleil Levant." Later extended to other arts.

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