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.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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
Derived Formsartistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for artistical



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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