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[stahy-lis-tik] /staɪˈlɪs tɪk/
of or relating to style.
Sometimes, stylistical.
Origin of stylistic
First recorded in 1855-60; style + -istic
Related forms
stylistically, adverb
Can be confused
stylish, stylistic. Unabridged
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  • Yet the decorative prodigality of this master corresponded to the frigid and stylistic graces of the neo-Latin poets.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • stylistic obsession and the taste for material beauty ended in mechanical prettiness, altogether inexpressive or sentimental.


    Clive Bell
  • But they are a discharge of passion, so that their stylistic merits vary much.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • The stylistic argument shows the Theaetetus relatively early.

  • Germany shows the same technical and stylistic tendencies and the same evolutionary direction as France.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
British Dictionary definitions for stylistic


of or relating to style, esp artistic or literary style
Derived Forms
stylistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for stylistic

1860; see style + -istic.

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