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[in-ahr-tis-tik] /ˌɪn ɑrˈtɪs tɪk/
lacking in artistic sense or appreciation.
not artistic; not aesthetically appealing:
inartistic grafitti.
Also, inartistical.
Origin of inartistic
First recorded in 1855-60; in-3 + artistic
Related forms
inartistically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Hog and hominy are not only inartistic to my stomach, but they give indigestion to my moral sentiments.

  • While the work was inartistic, it was easy to make out the letters "F. M."

    Klondike Nuggets E. S. Ellis
  • The bare white walls, with here and there a crack which had carved a not inartistic line up the sides.

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • The English are inartistic for the same reason that they are unsociable.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • He did not know what to answer, he was unable to admire, he thought her inartistic.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • But Lady Meadowcroft herself seized the occasion with inartistic avidity.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • The melodrama can hardly be played without it, unless a most inartistic use of printed words is made.

    The Photoplay Hugo Mnsterberg
  • In fact, for him to die elsewhere would be inartistic and insincere.

British Dictionary definitions for inartistic


lacking in artistic skill, appreciation, etc; Philistine
Derived Forms
inartistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inartistic

1836, from in- (1) "not" + artistic. Inartistical is attested from 1849.

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