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[im-presh-uh-nist] /ɪmˈprɛʃ ə nɪst/
a person who follows or adheres to the theories, methods, and practices of impressionism, especially in the fields of painting, music, or literature.
an entertainer who does impressions.
(usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. of, relating to, or characteristic of Impressionism:
Impressionist paintings; Impressionist artists.
Origin of impressionist
From the French word impressionniste, dating back to 1875-80. See impression, -ist
Related forms
impressionistic, adjective
impressionistically, adverb
nonimpressionistic, adjective
semi-impressionistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • He has permeated music completely with his impressionistic sensibility.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • It may almost be said that he gave it to us as an impressionistic account of his own life.

    Personality in Literature Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  • This tendency shows itself strongly even in those whose work seems, at first sight, most purely naturalistic or impressionistic.

    Artist and Public Kenyon Cox
  • Really, the impressionistic appeal was so overwhelming I could not help it.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • An impressionistic representation of a corner of a room and its furniture—not the whole room—is all that is needed.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • He arrived after the classic, romantic, impressionistic, symbolic schools.

    Unicorns James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for impressionistic


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

1886; see impressionist + -ic.


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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