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[see-nik, sen-ik] /ˈsi nɪk, ˈsɛn ɪk/
adjective, Also, scenical
of or relating to natural scenery.
having pleasing or beautiful scenery.
of or relating to the stage or to stage scenery.
representing a scene, action, or the like.
a photograph, graphic representation, etc., depicting natural scenery.
a scenic tour:
to arrange scenics in advance.
Origin of scenic
1615-25; < Latin scēnicus < Greek skēnikós theatrical. See scene, -ic
Related forms
scenically, adverb
unscenic, adjective
unscenically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scenically
Historical Examples
  • scenically, the Tetons set off and complete the spectacle of the Yellowstone.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • scenically Gandela was prettily situated, strategically badly.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • scenically the Marquesas are incomparably more beautiful than any of the other island groups of the Pacific, Hawaii not excepted.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • Whether or not, then, Congress insures its perpetuity and unified development, we can consider it scenically only as a whole.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • "Don't let me disturb you," she said, and walked to the window, as if she found the place only scenically interesting.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • It would be no exaggeration to describe this Department as scenically the most beautiful in the Republic of Salvador.

  • The place was situated at the foot of a great mountain whose wooded slopes made, scenically, a fine background.

  • There are few more beautiful inland locations in the world, and climatically it is as perfect as it is scenically.

    Picturesque Pala

    George Wharton James
  • He named it thus because he believed there was "none such" site as scenically beautiful anywhere.

  • The route from Truckee traverses the wooded canyon of the Truckee River, when scenically at its best.

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
British Dictionary definitions for scenically


/ˈsiːnɪk; ˈsɛn-/
of or relating to natural scenery
having beautiful natural scenery: a scenic drive
of or relating to the stage or stage scenery
(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 scenically



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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