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artistic

[ahr-tis-tik]
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adjective
  1. conforming to the standards of art; satisfying aesthetic requirements: artistic productions.
  2. showing skill or excellence in execution: artistic workmanship.
  3. exhibiting taste, discriminating judgment, or sensitivity: an artistic arrangement of flowers; artistic handling of a delicate diplomatic situation.
  4. exhibiting an involvement in or appreciation of art, especially the fine arts:He had wide-ranging artistic interests.
  5. involving only aesthetic considerations, usually taken as excluding moral, practical, religious, political, or similar concerns: artistic principles.
  6. of art or artists: artistic works.
  7. of, like, or thought of as characteristic of an artist: an artistic temperament.
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Also ar·tis·ti·cal.

Origin of artistic

First recorded in 1745–55; artist + -ic
Related formsar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·ar·tis·tic, adjectivenon·ar·tis·tic, adjectivenon·ar·tis·ti·cal, adjectivenon·ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverbpre·ar·tis·tic, adjectivepseu·do·ar·tis·tic, adjectivepseu·do·ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-ar·tis·tic, adjectivequa·si-ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·ar·tis·tic, adjectiveun·ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedartistic autistic
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Related Words for artistic

decorative, imaginative, creative, dramatic, aesthetic, musical, inventive, cultured, elegant, exquisite, fine, graceful, grand, harmonious, ideal, ornamental, picturesque, pleasing, poetic, refined

Examples from the Web for artistic

Contemporary Examples of artistic

Historical Examples of artistic

  • There is no gradation in his giving, and none in his fall; no artistic crescendo.

  • Humility, like the artistic, acceptance of all experiences, is merely a mode of manifestation.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • It is, if I can fully attain to it, the ultimate realisation of the artistic life.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • But the sympathy of the artistic temperament is necessarily with what has found expression.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • She will agree that I know when colors are right and a thing is artistic.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter


British Dictionary definitions for artistic

artistic

adjective
  1. of or characteristic of art or artists
  2. performed, made, or arranged decoratively and tastefully; aesthetically pleasing
  3. appreciative of and sensitive to beauty in art
  4. naturally gifted with creative skill
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Derived Formsartistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for artistic

adj.

1753, from French artistique, from artiste (see artist). Native artist-like was recorded from 1711; artistly from 1754; artistical from 1801. Related: Artistically.

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