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scenic

[see-nik, sen-ik] /ˈsi nɪk, ˈsɛn ɪk/
adjective, Also, scenical
1.
of or relating to natural scenery.
2.
having pleasing or beautiful scenery.
3.
of or relating to the stage or to stage scenery.
4.
representing a scene, action, or the like.
noun
5.
a photograph, graphic representation, etc., depicting natural scenery.
6.
a scenic tour:
to arrange scenics in advance.
Origin of scenic
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin scēnicus < Greek skēnikós theatrical. See scene, -ic
Related forms
scenically, adverb
unscenic, adjective
unscenically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for scenic
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  • To the Roman, the scenic and histrionic were the vital features of a production.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • The scenic setting of an old Roman palace captivates the stranger.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
  • It is sufficiently so, however, for purposes of scenic representation.

    The Biglow Papers James Russell Lowell
  • In addition, their scenic value is very marked in many cases.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • The Downs have a human and historic as well as scenic interest.

British Dictionary definitions for scenic

scenic

/ˈsiːnɪk; ˈsɛn-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to natural scenery
2.
having beautiful natural scenery: a scenic drive
3.
of or relating to the stage or stage scenery
4.
(in painting) representing a scene, such as a scene of action or a historical event
Derived Forms
scenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for scenic
adj.

1620s, "of or belonging to the stage or drama, theatrical," from French scénique (14c.) and directly from Latin scaenicus "dramatic, theatrical," from Greek skenikos, from skene (see scene). Meaning "of or belonging to natural scenery" is recorded from 1842. Of roads, etc., "offering fine views," recorded since 1885. Scenic railway is recorded from 1886. Related: Scenically.

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